COMPASS: Border Wars And Woes

February 20, 2024

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill.  The House and Senate are still out of session; both chambers return next week to deal with the first of two government funding deadlines on March 1 and March 8.  In the meantime, both chambers continue to wrestle with the wide-open southern border. In the House, a group of moderate […]

COMPASS: Ukraine aid moves through the Senate

February 14, 2024

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Early Tuesday morning the Senate passed its $95.3 billion foreign aid bill, which sends money to Ukraine, Taiwan, Israel, and to U.S. conflicts in the Red Sea. Despite early commitments by Senate Republicans to only fund Ukraine’s border after we had secured our own, the bill passed without any border […]

COMPASS: Border Deal Crumbles

February 6, 2024

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. I’m happy to be back in the saddle at CPI for what – by Washington standards, anyway – has already been a blistering week. The fate of the Senate’s “border deal” can be summed up in two quotes from Mitch McConnell, each issued yesterday. The first, from Morning Mitch McConnell:  […]

CPI Announces New Hires

February 6, 2024

WASHINGTON – On Monday, the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI) announced six new hires and three promotions that will be integral to the operations of the organization as it continues its mission to build and support the conservative movement in Washington and around the nation. “CPI continues to put an emphasis on finding the best staff in […]

COMPASS: Conservative Speaker Elected

October 30, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Last week, the House of Representatives elected conservative Mike Johnson from Louisiana as Speaker. Through a number of ballots and weeks, Mike Johnson emerged as the one who would unite and move the House forward with its business. Center for Renewing American President, Russ Vought, wrote in a tweet, “I […]

COMPASS: Congress Returns

September 15, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Both the House and the Senate returned to session this week, staring down three weeks until the September 30 funding deadline. Back on August 21, the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) issued an official position, “No Security, No Funding.” As reported by HFC members, this was intended to guide the discussion […]

COMPASS: Red Lines for Spending Debate

August 23, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both out for their August recess. The House is scheduled to return on September 12, with the Senate scheduled to return September 5. The August recess is more than halfway through and the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) has come out with an official position on […]

Statement from Jim DeMint about Mark Meadows

August 15, 2023

Mark Meadows is one of our nation’s most humble, selfless, and unwavering conservative leaders. His track record of serving and defending the Constitution and the American people is unparalleled in the nation’s capital. Mark put his name and reputation on the line when he founded the House Freedom Caucus to hold leadership accountable and make […]

COMPASS: August Recess, but September Looms

August 11, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both out for their August recess. The House is scheduled to return on September 12, with the Senate scheduled to return September 5. With 9 currently scheduled weeks of session in the House and 12 currently scheduled weeks of session in the Senate, Congress will […]

COMPASS: Abortion at the Veterans Administration

July 20, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are in session this week. The House, having processed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), is moving towards appropriations. The Senate will take up their version of the NDAA this week and likely finish next week. The House Rules Committee, earlier this week, posted the Military […]

COMPASS: The NDAA Arrives

July 13, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are in session this week after a two week Fourth of July recess. The House is processing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the Senate is working through nominations. The House and Senate are scheduled to be in through the end of July. The House […]

COMPASS: Censure and Impeachment

June 23, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are in session this week and will both depart for a two-week recess over Independence Day. The House and Senate will both come back into session the week of July 10. Freshman Representative Anna Paulina Luna stepped into the legislative and procedural spotlight this week by […]

COMPASS: Conservative Victories In Sight, Road Blocks Visible

June 16, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate were both back in session this week and will be through June 23, when both chambers will depart for the July 4, two week recess. Both bodies will then come back the week of July 10 for what will certainly be a busy month. This week, […]

COMPASS: Congress Passes Debt Deal, Conservatives Strike Back

June 7, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both back in session and will be through until June 23, when both chambers will depart for the July 4, two week recess. Both bodies will then come back the week of July 10 for what will certainly be a crazy month. Last week the […]

COMPASS: Debt Deal Advanced in the House

June 1, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House is back in session this week and the Senate will be in session for the next 4 weeks. As House members departed Washington D.C. on May 25th for the Memorial Day recess, they knew that there was potential for them to return over the weekend or during the […]

COMPASS: Rep. Roy Debt Limit Memo and Forced EVs

May 25, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House is in session this week and then will recess for the next week. The Senate is out of session this week, but will return next week and remain in session for four weeks straight. The House is in serious debt-limit negotiations with the White House and Congressman Chip […]

COMPASS: Border Timeline

May 17, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House is in session for the next two weeks and the Senate is in session for this week before they are out for a week of recess. This week is Police Week in the House of Representatives, so the House will take up a number of law enforcement aligned […]

COMPASS: Lee Letter

May 9, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House is in session for the next three weeks and the Senate is in session for the next two weeks. The House will take up H.R. 2, the Secure the Border Act of 2023 this week, one of the majorities major promises for this Congress. H.R. 2 is a […]

COMPASS: This is Not a Debate About Ethics…

May 2, 2023

Good morning from Capitol Hill. The House is out of session for a week and the Senate is in session for the next three weeks. Last week, the House passed their debt ceiling bill by a slim 217-215 margin. Many across the country, and particularly inside the D.C. bubble, did not think even drafting legislative […]

COMPASS: Debt Ceiling Deal?

April 25, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in session this week. Last week the House passed a party line bill to make sure biological men cannot compete in women and girls sports. The Senate debated amendments and then passed a bill to authorize appropriations for the U.S. Fire Administration and firefighter […]

COMPASS: Impending Battles in House Judiciary Committee

April 18, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are back in session this week. The House will be in for eleven out of the next fifteen weeks dealing with everything from border security to debt ceiling (watch Speaker McCarthy’s pitch to the NYSE on his plan to raise the debt ceiling) to appropriations and […]

COMPASS: No one is above the law?

April 5, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both out of session the next two weeks for the Easter recess. Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Cost Act on a bipartisan basis. The Senate passed a bill to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force in […]

COMPASS: Life in the Senate?

March 29, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House and Senate are both in session this week, before they both depart for the two-week Easter recess. This week, the House will take up H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Cost Act. H.R. 1 is a compilation of energy bills, aimed at reducing the cost of energy in the […]

COMPASS: The Biden Administration Personnel Problems

March 21, 2023

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. The House comes back for an abbreviated week after the Republican conference retreat and the Senate will be in session Tuesday through Friday this week. When the House returns this week, it will turn its attention to H.R. 5, the Parents Bill of Rights Act. The Senate will debate and […]