COMPASS: Senate passes $740 billion reconciliation bill

August 8, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. After a little more than 15 hours of vote-a-rama, the Senate yesterday passed the $740 billion reconciliation bill by a vote of 51 to 50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie vote. All previous skeptics of the large reconciliation package – Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

COMPASS: Republicans get “rinky-doo’d”

August 1, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. As of Saturday, President Biden is in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 – again. Biden has been vaccinated four times and has a so-called “rebound” case after taking the Pfizer antiviral, Paxlovid. The White House reports that he has no symptoms. Down the street, the House is in recess. […]

COMPASS: The Mad Dash to August

July 26, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. I’m back in the host seat after my husband and I welcomed our baby boy in early June. Thank you all for your well wishes. The three of us are getting on marvelously (and with a lot of coffee!). Congress is back and with a major to-do list. Longtime Hill-watchers […]

COMPASS: Stopping the Invasion

July 6, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Both houses of Congress are out this week for the Independence Day recess – giving America the badly needed birthday present of not making things worse for a few days! The biggest news of the week comes from Texas. Several counties along the southern border have declared the relentless influx […]

COMPASS: See What Happens When Conservatives Fight?

June 28, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where yesterday the Supreme Court ruled again in favor of the sanity and the Constitution with an historic victory for religious liberty. This comes as the DC Swamp is still reeling from Friday’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade and 49 years of judicial […]

COMPASS: Liberté, Egalité, Violence

June 21, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. House and Senate are in session this week, and there continues to be a push by a bipartisan group of Senators for a gun control bill with text of the legislation to be released as early as today. Nearly 100 conservative leaders have signed a letter opposing the compromise: “The […]

COMPASS: Another Washington “compromise” advancing liberal agenda

June 14, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The big news this weekend was the announcement by 20 Senators – 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats – of an agreement that attempts to stop future mass murder incidents like what occurred in Uvalde, TX. You won’t be surprised that there’s no conservative solution in the Washington bipartisan compromise, the […]

COMPASS: J6 Committee’s Desperate Primetime Theater

June 7, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Congressional Democrats are ready for their close-ups. After more than a year of dithering, harassment, and coordinated leaking, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6th Committee will hold its first public hearing in prime time, Thursday night at 8:00 EDT. And just to show how seriously they are approaching their solemn task, […]

COMPASS: House to vote on gun control measures next week

May 31, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both out of session this week, but Democrats in both chambers are actively working on gun control bills to be considered next week. On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will hold an emergency markup to consider eight gun control bills under the heading of the […]

COMPASS: Congress continues to weaponize “misinformation”

May 23, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Congressional Democrats are relentless in their quest to use the levers of government to enforce their own narrative and groupthink. After a short lived quest to set up a Disinformation Governance Board within the Department of Homeland Security, the House last week passed a bill to create domestic terrorism offices […]

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 […]