Compass

COMPASS: Conservatives Call for New House Leadership

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill, where for the first time in 100 years, a Speaker of the House was not elected on the first vote. Or the second vote. This is because 19 conservatives voted for someone other than Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA). And then on a third vote, the opposition increased to 20 conservatives […]

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COMPASS: The Last Compass of 2022

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.  Before departing for the holiday last week, Congress passed a $1.7 trillion omnibus. Given the speed at which it was released and then passed, it’s safe to assume that members hardly knew what was in the more than 4,000 page bill. So just like Nancy Pelosi said back in 2010, […]

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COMPASS: Senate races to pass an ill-considered omnibus

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.  It’s officially Christmas time and we’re well into Hanukkah, but here in DC, it’s Washington at its absolute worst. The holiday deadline is a cynical excuse to jam through thousands of pages of legislation covering not only the nation’s annual spending, but billions more for Ukraine, passage of actual bills […]

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COMPASS: Earmarks grease the skids of spending deal

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.  It’s spending season in Washington and things are about to get real. Democrat and Republican appropriators are still desperately trying to salvage a trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill. Republicans reportedly want higher defense spending, while Democrats want parity between defense and nondefense spending. There are three ways out of this:  1) […]

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COMPASS: An omnibus ascends?

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in session, and it’s a big week in Washington. The Georgia Senate runoff is tomorrow, and, depending on the outcome, Democrats will either have a 50-49 seat majority, or the Senate will remain in a 50-50 tie. The continuing resolution, which is propping up […]

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COMPASS: Will 12 GOP senators continue to help pass the Respect for Marriage Act?

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Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate return to session this week. Last week, I wrote about the battle over religious liberty brewing in the Senate on the Respect for Marriage Act, which claims to “codify same sex marriage” (it doesn’t – nothing in the bill changes the status of, or benefits afforded […]

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