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District of Columbia, New York | July 30, 2021

Stefanik Signs Amicus Brief in Support of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court Case

District of Columbia, New York | July 30, 2021

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has signed a Congressional Member Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), led by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) and co-signed by several House Republican Members, urging SCOTUS to uphold the constitutionality of pre-viability restrictions on abortion in Mississippi State law, or return the case to the lower courts for full consideration.

The United States is one of only seven countries in the world to allow for abortion after five months, more than halfway through pregnancy. This Member Amicus Brief argues SCOTUS has repeatedly failed to clarify the definition of viability post Roe v. Wade, resulting in Federal Courts increasingly perceiving the viability line as a prohibition on any type of abortion restriction.

“The standard for viability through the eyes of the Supreme Court remains unclear. This allows lower Courts to interpret the viability standard differently, negatively impacting states’ ability to determine their own abortion regulations,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “The vast majority of Americans do not support abortion after the first three months of pregnancy. I am proud to join my House and Senate colleagues in sending this amicus brief to stand up for the unborn and give states the clarity they deserve.”

Read the full amicus brief here.

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District of Columbia, Texas | July 30, 2021

Texas House Rep. Arrested During Voting Protest in Washington

District of Columbia, Texas | July 30, 2021

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) confirmed Thursday that she was arrested as she engaged in a voting protest in Washington.

Lee and other protesters were standing in front of an entrance to the Senate Hart Building when the Capitol Police told them that it was their final warning and would have to disperse, according to footage posted by the Democrat’s office.

“Yes, I engaged in civil disobedience today in front of the Hart Building in Washington, D.C., and was arrested,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe when you are getting into good trouble—when you realize that the 15th Amendment has guaranteed the fundamental right to vote. Any action that is a peaceful action of civil disobedience is worthy and more to push all of us to do better and to do more.”

The protesters, according to Lee, were demanding the passage of two Democrat-backed election overhaul bills… (Excerpt from the Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia | July 29, 2021

18 Republicans Side With Democrats as Senate Breaks Filibuster to Start Debate on Infrastructure Bill

District of Columbia | July 29, 2021

A bipartisan Senate vote late Wednesday means senators will begin debate on an infrastructure package endorsed by members of both parties.

The Senate voted 67–32 to break the filibuster and trigger debate on the package, which is listed as a House bill as Senate negotiators hammer out the package’s language.

Republicans backing the package were: Sens. Roy Blunt (Mo.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (La.), Susan Collins (Maine), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), John Hoeven (N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Jim Risch (Idaho), Mitt Romney (Utah), Thom Tillis (N.C.), and Todd Young (Ind.), along with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“At a time when Washington seems broken, this group of members behind me came together, along with others, and decided we were going to do something great for our country,” Portman, who is retiring after his current term is up, told a press conference after the vote…. (Excerpts from The Epoch Times)

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District of Columbia, Mississippi | July 29, 2021

228 GOP lawmakers call on Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

District of Columbia, Mississippi | July 29, 2021

Nearly 230 Republican members of Congress told the Supreme Court on Thursday that it should overturn Roe v. Wade and release its “vise grip on abortion politics.”

The new brief is the latest filing in a dispute that will be heard next term and represents the most significant abortion-related case the justices have taken up in nearly a half a century. The 6-3 conservative court, bolstered by three of former President Donald Trump’s appointees, could gut, or invalidate court precedent, and that’s what the GOP lawmakers are calling for.

“Congress and the States have shown that they are ready and able to address the issue in ways that reflect Americans’ varying viewpoints and are grounded in the science of fetal development and maternal health,” lawyers for 228 Republican lawmakers, including leadership in both chambers, told the justices.

At issue before the court is a Mississippi law that bars most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. There is no exception for rape or incest. The court will render its decision by next June, in the lead up to the mid-term elections.

The lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, are supporting Mississippi’s request to allow the law to go into effect. They are represented by the group Americans United for Life.

In Thursday’s brief, they asked the court to “affirm the constitutional authority of the federal and state governments to safeguard the lives and health of their citizens, born and not yet born.”.. (Excerpts from CNN News)

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District of Columbia | July 28, 2021

House Reimposes Masks Requirement on House Floor After New CDC Guidance

District of Columbia | July 28, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives is reimposing a mask mandate after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) again altered its COVID-19-related guidance telling fully vaccinated people to wear masks in some indoor areas.

In a memo issued late Tuesday, Brian Monahan, the Capitol’s attending physician, said that masks will once again be required on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“For all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee Meetings, wearing of a well-fitted, medical grade, filtration face mask is required when an individual is in an interior space and other individuals are present. To be clear, for meetings in an enclosed US House of Representatives controlled space, masks are REQUIRED,” Monahan said….

(Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Texas | July 27, 2021

GOP Congressmen Schedule News Conference at Justice Department to Demand Answers on Jan. 6 Detainees

Arizona, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Texas | July 27, 2021

Members of Congress who have been pressing federal law enforcement officials unsuccessfully for months about the conditions and treatment of hundreds of Jan. 6 Capitol detainees will take their case to the doors of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Tuesday.

They also want to know why federal law enforcement authorities were warned weeks before the breach, yet Members of Congress were not told, and evidence has since accumulated that the Capitol Police were not properly informed or prepared by their leadership.

Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said Monday they will gather at DOJ at 1 pm to make public the demands they made in a letter last week to Attorney General Merrick Garland…. (Excerpts from the Epoch Times)

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