COMPASS: A Ukraine supplemental that is not about Ukraine

May 2, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House is out for recess this week, but the Senate is in. In addition to moving forward on the conference process for a bill purportedly to compete with China (but which is stuffed with unrelated pork), the Senate is teeing up yet another $33 billion supplemental for Ukraine. The […]

COMPASS: Congress prepares more spending for Ukraine & COVID while southern border in chaos

April 25, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Rest in peace Orrin Hatch, the longest serving Republican senator in U.S. history, who passed away this weekend at age 88. The House and Senate are back in session this week with an eye toward more and more supplemental spending bills: another for Ukraine, and another for COVID. The House […]

COMPASS: Has mask theater come to an end?

April 19, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are still both in recess – but the courts are still at work. Yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle struck down the CDC’s mask mandate, citing the agency’s lack of statutory authority to implement it in the first place. From Real Clear Politics: For […]

COMPASS: Senate confirms KBJ; Biden’s new gun reg prompts concerns

April 12, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in recess. Before leaving for the break, the Senate confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, where she will replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer when he steps down later this summer. Republican senators Mitt Romney, Lisa Murkwoski, and Susan Collins joined Democrats […]

COMPASS: Biden declares COVID over at the border, but not on airplanes

April 4, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Thanks to Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for shouting out our election integrity efforts this morning at the Senate Judiciary Committee, and highlighting the work of our friend Tom Jones at the American Accountability Foundation. On Friday, the administration rescinded Title 42, which allows for expedited deportations at the border during […]

COMPASS: Biden’s budget taxes the rich while the White House manages his Russia gaffes

March 28, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The late Rep. Don Young of Alaska, the longest serving Republican in House history, will lie in state in Statuary Hall tomorrow. Rep. Young passed away on March 18 at the age of 88. He was first elected to the House in 1973. The House and Senate are both back […]

COMPASS: Supreme Court confirmation hearings begin for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

March 21, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. DC’s cherry blossoms are peeking and, according to the National Park Service, a few days away from peaking. If you want to give yourself a slice of spring from your desk, the Bloom Cam is back with a bird’s eye view from the top of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. The […]

COMPASS: $1.5 trillion out the door; Ukrainian president to address Congress

March 14, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in session this week after passing a $1.5 trillion omnibus which funds both U.S. domestic priorities and sends $14 billion in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. This was also the first bill in roughly a decade to be stuffed with earmarks – a […]

COMPASS: $1.5 trillion omnibus in the works, White House seeks $10 billion for Ukraine

March 7, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in town this week, though the House’s workweek is slightly truncated. The big news this week is a government funding deadline on Friday, March 11. Congress has passed three Continuing Resolutions for FY 2022 – straight extension of funds – to give themselves more […]

COMPASS: Ukraine divides the GOP

February 22, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Happy President’s Day (or, for the purists, Washington’s Birthday!). The House and Senate are out this week, and all eyes are on Russia, Ukraine, and if Joe Biden is awake for it all. There is more than enough coverage on the issue to sate your appetite, but I did find […]

COMPASS: The SCOTUS shortlist; Clinton campaign spied on Trump

February 14, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. And Happy Valentine’s Day! The House is out of session for the next two weeks, but the Senate is in, still awaiting a Supreme Court nomination out of the White House. Biden, who has said he will only consider black female nominees, will reportedly begin interviewing candidates this week. From […]

COMPASS: The Omnibus Approaches

February 7, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in town this week. The House takes up a series of bills, including a bill to reform the postal service which will offload the retirement responsibilities of current postal service employees to Medicare. The Senate returns to confirm a series of nominees while awaiting […]

COMPASS: Senate Republicans Can Stop Biden’s SCOTUS Nominee

January 31, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week. Democrats are starting to panic about inflation, so will be spending the next few days trying to pass their version of the Senate’s China Competes Act – a $250 billion package they claim will boost manufacturing and remove supply-side issues, […]

COMPASS: Biden contemplates sending American troops to Eastern Europe

January 24, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are in recess this week. While members are back in their states and districts, President Joe Biden is considering sending thousands of American troops to Eastern Europe in an attempt to deter Russian aggression – a policy he announced last week in his rambling, nearly two-hour […]

COMPASS: Senate Democrats try and nuke the filibuster

January 18, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in session. The Senate moves this week to a theatrical attempt to nuke the filibuster over election legislation. This is performative on two fronts. First, Democrats will attempt to nuke the filibuster on the grounds that Republicans are engaged in “voter suppression,” a talking […]

COMPASS: Senate Democrats come for the legislative filibuster

January 10, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both back in session. The Senate is expected to pivot this week to their election takeover legislation – less as a means to pass it, and more as a means to expose their conference to pressure to “reform” the filibuster around carve outs for what […]

COMPASS: A 50-50 Senate sets record for confirming Biden judges

January 3, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, and a new year! (And an election year, to boot.) The Senate is back in session this week, while the House remains out of session for one more week. When we last left off, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) had all but stuck a fork in Joe Biden’s Build Back Better […]

COMPASS: Manchin kills Build Back Better, the Senate considers election takeover bill in January

December 20, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate have both left for the year. The Senate returns January 3rd, and the House is back January 10th. But the big news today is that the Democrats’ reconciliation legislation, the so-called “Build Back Better” (BBB), took a fatal blow from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). In an […]

COMPASS: Senate GOP sets up a funhouse mirror to raise the debt ceiling

December 13, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Both the House and Senate are in session this week as both chambers try to clear the decks to get out of dodge before the holiday. They are one step closer to that goal after contorting themselves into a procedural pretzel in order to appear to raise the debt ceiling […]

COMPASS: Senate Republicans vote to defund vaccine mandate, debt ceiling gets added to NDAA?

December 6, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Rest in peace Bob Dole, Senate dealmaker, three time presidential candidate, and war hero who dedicated his life to public service. The House and Senate are in session this week. Both chambers passed a continuing resolution last week, meaning that they’ve put the government funding deadline behind them, at least […]

COMPASS: SCOTUS takes up major abortion case on Wednesday

November 29, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week, and the December pile-on starts now. Government funding runs out on Friday, which means a short-term continuing resolution will likely kick the funding deadline out a few more weeks — just to turn up the panic. Congress is also juggling […]

COMPASS: Post-Rittenhouse verdict, the left comes for self-defense

November 22, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are officially out of town for Thanksgiving. They start the December deadline slog when they return next week. The big news last week was the full acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with killing two people and wounding a third during last summer’s riots in […]

COMPASS: Post BIF, Congress races toward reconciliation

November 15, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.  The House and Senate are back in session this week. The House returns, coasting on its recent passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, a victory made possible by 13 House Republicans, including two members of the House leadership team. 18 of their Republican Senate colleagues voted for the bill in […]

COMPASS: 13 House Republicans provide Pelosi the deciding votes on infrastructure spending bill

November 8, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are out of session this week. But before the House left for the break on Friday, 13 House Republicans provided the deciding votes to help House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pass the so-called “bipartisan infrastructure bill.” In doing so, these House Republicans teed up a vote on […]