COMPASS: Congress’ coming collision course

October 18, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Rest in peace Colin Powell: soldier, national security advisor, Secretary of State, and lifetime public servant. The House and Senate are back in session this week, with Democrats continuing to pursue passage of both the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill packed with social spending priorities. […]

COMPASS: Congress votes to increase the debt ceiling

October 11, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House returns briefly this evening to vote on a short-term debt limit deal that would raise the debt limit by $480 billion through December 3rd. This comes after Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell walked back his pledge not to help Democrats raise the debt ceiling. Last Thursday, 11 Republican […]

COMPASS: The Democrats’ slow motion train wreck

October 4, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. After a lot of hype, the infrastructure bill and the Democratic reconciliation legislation are both at a standstill. Taking a page from the House Freedom Caucus, the House Progressive Caucus has chosen to leverage their votes as a block. Given the narrow, 8-vote majority of House Democrats and the fact […]

COMPASS: Biden’s agenda is all on deck this week

September 27, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Three weeks ago, five zebras escaped a farm in Maryland, not far from DC. They’re still on the lam. Congressional Democrats are laying it all on the line this week as infrastructure, reconciliation, government funding, and the debt ceiling come front and center to learn their legislative fate. None of […]

COMPASS: Democrats prepare massive tax hike; conservatives respond to vaccine mandate

September 13, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The Senate is back this week in a run-up to a considerable series of deadlines, including passage of their $3.5 trillion reconciliation legislation. Over the weekend, House Democrats circulated a draft plan outlining some of the plan’s $2.9 trillion in tax hikes, many of which undo the Trump tax plan […]

COMPASS: Democrats prepare $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill

September 7, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing Labor Day, and shana tova to all our friends observing Rosh Hashanah. Congress remains in recess, though House committees continue to mark up and debate Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, which takes a cradle to grave approach to reshaping the relationship between citizens and […]

COMPASS: The Senate takes up the Bernie Sanders $3.5 trillion amnesty budget

August 9, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. We’re all still observing Mayor Bowser’s strict mask mandate (the one she immediately broke), despite three COVID deaths in the last two weeks and the city hospital beds remaining at 87 percent capacity. Unlike American royalty Barack Obama, we cannot throw massive parties for several hundred of our closest friends. […]

COMPASS: Over 2,000 pages of infrastructure legislation; Mask mandates return to DC

August 2, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Despite only three deaths from COVID over the last two weeks, a 1 percent 14-day average positivity rate, a total of eight individuals in the ICU with COVID citywide, and over half the city’s residents vaccinated (including 75 percent of residents age 65 and up), DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has […]

COMPASS: Cheney & Kinzinger sign up for Jan 6th investigation; House takes on spending bills

July 26, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The Capitol Police have a new chief. Thomas Manger will take the helm of the capitol force after what has been a very rocky year. The House and Senate are both in session. The House begins considering appropriations legislation this week, taking a first stab at its FY 2022 “minibus,” […]

COMPASS: Senate votes on infrastructure; House strips abortion protections

July 19, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Today in DCist: “DC parents are suing city officials over a new law in the District which allows children 11 and older to acquire vaccines without permission from parents.” The House and Senate are back in session. Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will file cloture on the not-yet-drafted $1 […]

COMPASS: The Senate returns; California ignores the science

July 14, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Washington DC, like many areas of the country, is apparently experiencing a resident exodus after a year of COVID19 lockdowns and rioting. The DCist reports that more than 9,000 of the city’s residents have left for good. The Senate is back in session this week. The House is only meeting […]

COMPASS: Congress is out, but infrastructure talks go on

July 7, 2021

Good morning from steamy Capitol Hill. Hope everyone had a great July 4th. If you missed DC’s fireworks display, you can watch it here. Both the House and Senate are out of session this week for the holiday. Senate Democrats return next week to kick off their infrastructure policy process, which right now appears to […]

COMPASS: A bipartisan infrastructure deal tentatively struck – to what end?

June 28, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. In case you missed it on Friday, the Director of National Intelligence released a highly anticipated report on “unidentified aerial phenomena,” also known as UFOs. The takeaway? The government has no idea what’s going on. But they haven’t ruled out aliens! The House is in session this week, while the […]

COMPASS: The Senate votes on partisan election overhaul

June 21, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. After 461 days, DC’s tyrannosaurus rex is finally out of quarantine. The Smithsonian Natural History museum (as well as several other Smithsonian museums) is open to visitors with a reservation. The House and Senate are both in session this week. The congressional infrastructure package continues to gurgle along. A group […]

COMPASS: Congress is back, infrastructure heats up, Rep. Ilhan Omar in the hot seat

June 15, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Four years ago today, bullets ripped across a baseball field where Republican Members of Congress were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. Leftwing political activist James Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), then the House majority whip, U.S. Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, congressional staffer Zack Barth, and lobbyist […]

COMPASS: Corporate media’s COVID-origin groupthink unravels

May 24, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Apparently we, along with 15 other states from Pennsylvania to northern Georgia to eastern Illinois, are living through the once-every-17-year occurrence of cicada-apocalypse. Brood X (pronounced “Brood 10”) is emerging from its slumber, crawling out of the dirt to eat, mate, and torture us all. According to the Washington Post, […]

COMPASS: Can the Senate take on China?

May 17, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where most of DC’s COVID capacity restrictions will be lifted or reduced starting on May 21. Last week, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear masks indoors, but says that students, who are at lower risk than vaccinated adults, should continue wearing masks for the […]

COMPASS: Senate takes up election overhaul bill; House votes on Liz Cheney’s leadership

May 10, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. A happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, we are grateful for you! The House and Senate are back in session this week. The Senate makes its first move on a hotly contested election overhaul bill this week when the Rules Committee marks up the For The […]

COMPASS: Biden addresses Congress, will he address the border?

April 26, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The Supreme Court announced this morning it will hear arguments in NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. V. Corlett, a case regarding whether or not there is a constitutional right to carry firearms outside the home for self-defense. This is the first Second Amendment case the court has granted in over a decade. The […]

COMPASS: GOP senators roll for Biden nominees; border in flames

March 24, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The cherry blossoms are halfway to peak bloom! The House has left town for a three week recess. The Senate is in session this week, however, and will confirm a handful of Biden nominations. Among them is Dr. Rachel Levine, Biden’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department […]

COMPASS: Democrats respond to border crisis with more incentives

March 15, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Over the weekend, DC residents began protesting the four-mile fence that remains around the U.S. Capitol, manned by 2,200 National Guard troops who will remain in DC through the end of May. The House and Senate are in session this week. As the border crisis intensifies — there are nearly 9,500 unaccompanied children […]

COMPASS: COVID legislation passes, Manchin equivocates on filibuster

March 8, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The National Guard has announced as many as 2,200 troops will stay in Washington for another two months to protect the Capitol from very dangerous online threats, like the one that sent the House home on Wednesday last week. According to Nancy Pelosi, House members were in peril from a deadly insurrection being planned […]

Compass: House passes $1.9 trillion in more COVID cash; earmarks on the horizon?

March 1, 2021

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where there are still 7,000 National Guard troops deployed, 5,000 of which will remain in Washington DC beyond the originally anticipated departure date of March 12. Security theater is now part of our daily lives. (Related: Conservatives to Pelosi: tear down this wall.) The House and Senate are in session this week. Early Saturday […]

COMPASS: Senate Democrats test the Byrd Rule

February 22, 2021

Good afternoon from soggy Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week. Both chambers are breaking land speed records as they pursue a budget process, the goal of which is a reconciliation package that can pass the Senate with a simple majority vote (as opposed to needing the usual 60 votes […]