Senate Returns to Finish Work on China Competition Package, House Continues Recess
How do you feel about this week’s congressional schedule?
What’s happening in Congress?
- The Senate returns to the Capitol this week to complete work on a bipartisan bill aimed to bolster U.S. competitiveness with China that has been amended and debated over the last several weeks. The House will wind down its three-week break from floor business ahead of its return next week.
- The Senate’s week begins Monday with a procedural vote on the nomination of Julien Neals to be a district judge in New Jersey. If it succeeds, a confirmation vote will likely occur Tuesday or Wednesday.
- On Tuesday, senators will take a series of votes on a bill known as the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which aims to help the U.S. compete with China through initiatives to expand research, development, and production of critical technologies, along with other measures aimed at blunting China’s geopolitical ascendance.
- The rest of the week may feature the confirmation of at least one more district court judge, a possible circuit court judge, and a potential procedural vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act ― which is expected to lack the 60 votes needed to overcome the legislative filibuster.
- Committees will hold hearings on defense issues related to U.S. strategic competition with China; the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack and threats to critical infrastructure; and the gender wage gap.
- The House’s recess will end when it reconvenes on Monday, June 14th. Information on that week’s schedule will be made available later this week. House committees are expected to conduct a number of virtual hearings this week.
- Committees will hold hearings on a bill to “promote accountability for the Sackler family’s role in the opioid epidemic”; lessons on cyber threats to critical infrastructure based on the Colonial ransomware attack; and proposals to end homelessness.
Check below throughout the week to see the vote results and updates to the schedule.
Schedule subject to change. All times Eastern.
Monday after 5:30pm
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Julien Neals to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey Invoked 66-28.
- Confirmation of Julien Neals to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey Confirmed 66-33.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Regina Rodriguez to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado Invoked 72-28.
- Confirmation of Regina Rodriguez to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado Confirmed 72-28.
- Cornyn Amendment (#1858) to S. 1260: U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, as amended Not adopted 42-58 (60 vote threshold).
- Motion to waive the Budget Act for S. 1260 (if a point of order is raised) Waived 72-28.
- Schumer Substitute Amendment (#1502) to S. 1260: U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, as amended Agreed to 68-32 (60 vote threshold).
- S. 1260: U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, as amended Passed 68-32 (60 vote threshold).
- Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to H.R. 7: Paycheck Fairness Act Not invoked 49-50 (60 vote threshold).
- No votes are scheduled. Consideration of Quraishi nomination.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Zahid Quraishi to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey Invoked 83-16.
- Confirmation of Zahid Quraishi to be U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey Confirmed 81-16.
- Cloture motion on the nomination of Kentanji Brown Jackson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit Invoked 52-46.
- No votes are expected.
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Joe Manchin: A Profile in Courage
Yes the house remained on recess and the CORONAVIRUS continues. Here are the figures since January 20th at noontime to present 139 days. Cases 8,848,911 Deaths 329,747. Yet the border remains open.
jimK Post on social media Twitter, fb ir try the local online rags-patch.com West Virginia has colleges with web pages, towns and counties with local pages and Twitter There’s more than one way to skin a skunk, I mean polecat
Everyone must return to work Enough
Lindsey Graham wants hearings on the origins of Covid but rejects a commission on an organized, nativist, yahoo insurrectionist invasion of the Capitol? Sounds about right for that GOP herd of Cowardly Lion clones.
jimK. It is not tyranny you are asking for with one party rule. We are a constitutional republic not a dictatorship. The constitution gave states the rights to election reform, because they are closer to the people. What the Democrats are doing is making American into a Marxist regime, where Democrats will never lose. Your remarks are racists and belong to CRT indoctrination. Read and understand our constitution and what has made this county great.
Manchin is a tool of Moscow Mitch and the Repuglycans.
I did log onto Joe Manchin’s website and sent him my open letter and checked the box asking for a reply. That was on Friday and I have not received any response. I also tried to submit the letter to a couple of WV newspapers for an opinion publication but am not getting very far as a non-resident and facing some content restrictions before they will even consider it. I will push for a while but am not too hopeful. … … … I hope that Biden can begin to play hard ball with Manchin as he is becoming a threat to democracy by letting a highly regimented, lock-step voting Republican war-machine political faction from politically interfering with our elections. I for one, will donate as much as I can to Manchin’s opponent if he remains to be the key obstructionist that is willing to risk losing our precious democracy to the fantasy that for the first time in 12 years, there can be bi-partisan support of legislation to protect the people.
Strange this is what Trump was doing and the Democrats fought it all the way. Now it’s a problem and they want too bolster industry here, you idiots ever go shopping and check the tags and manufacture locations of products. Well I do and every store 90% of its stock is made in China and they even created a provenance called Made In USA too trick us back in the 90’s. So if China cuts trade with us our economy will collapse, this is what I have see in my life time as well did Trump. The Democrats only seen the money that flooded their pockets, we should have been shelf sustaining years ago. But with Union’s and letting outside companies take down out industry we turned our great industry production out put to a third world country. Even the chip that guides our aircraft to land is a Chinese product, why look at Altice USA how they took a company like Cablevision and destroyed it. All for a foot hold in this country, I know I spent 35 years in that company only to take a VRP as many did and too see them make contractors of others to cut benefits and wages. We need too back small businesses and new businesses as well. Making sure they provide yearly cost of living increases and benefits for all even those whom work part time. Bring back what we had in the 30’s & 40’s and make better Labor Laws that make Unions a thing of the past and not a political party tool. We see more then you think and so do many of the young workers I work with.
NO recesses until "The People's work" is done. We need action! Get the voting bills passed, the infrastructure bill, equality bill, and Gun reform, to name a few. DO what ever it takes ,THEN go on your recess.
Right on, Brian! 😊❤️👍🏻
I don't want to sound extreme: I would be totally supportive of a bipartisan bill on voting rights IF THERE WAS ONE. If Manchin and Sinema won't sign the SR1/HR1/For the People Act, then WHERE IS THE BILL? What do they propose to do to protect voting rights for all citizens that they can get 10+ Republicans to vote on? It's all great to go on TV and talk about bipartisanship and everything, but they're actually just getting in the way, just like McConnell and Toomey and all the other Republicans. If Manchin and Sinema believe in democracy and want to protect voting rights, then they should shut up and write a bill that they can get their friends across the aisle to vote on. And if they refuse to kill the filibuster, then they need to be working with every bill sponsor to ensure that bills that Schumer brings to the floor have a chance. Otherwise, they're damaging our democracy every day they're in the Senate.
It doesn’t matter what the schedule is. Nothing will get accomplished as long as the filibuster remains in place and until Joe Manchin knocks it off with his bipartisanship bull shit. His decision to not vote on the “partisan” voting rights act is a slap in the face to the people who voted for him. What in the hell does he call all these Republican led state voter suppression initiatives? He has become a real threat to the Democrats’ much needed progressive infrastructure agenda and an ally to the no idea what to do Republicans. He has become delusional about his self image of power and importance. He is merely a puppet of the Republican Party.
End the filibuster now! Without doing so, our democracy is in peril.
Loved it, Donna! 👏🏻👍🏻😊❤️
"The Senate returns to the Capitol this week to complete work on a bipartisan bill..." this opening statement alone promotes the fantasy of the charade of the biggest joke in D.C. that there is a scintilla of hope for bipartisanship (cue Joe Manchin leading the march to autocracy). Patriotric member of the former GOP are openly decrying the failures of Democratic candidates they offered support and have even gone so far as to claim that the only defense of our democracy rests in supporting the Democrats in Congress. There's precious little time left before we will look back on this era in our history with reverance for pulling our nation back from the brink, or regret that we witnessed the fall of one of the most promising democracies on earth.
Pathetic...must be nice to get nothing done, work as little as possible, and still get a HUGE paycheck, and free healthcare...wow...and blaming China won't prepare us for the next pandemic. Universal healthcare would.
Two Federal District Judges and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act is NOT enough. The House has passed more than a handful essential bills requiring passage including the For the People Act, the Equality Act, the lifting of the time limit on ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, AND the $2 Trillion Infrastructure bill for a start! Oh yeah, Manchin and Sinena are screwing us all on those! Democrats will lose both houses of Congress if they don't get busy and rein in Manchin and Sinema!
It seems our Senators are not going to be getting much done to help solve our problems . . . obstructionism all the way as far as I can see. I don't see them working on solutions at all.