- THIS WEEK: OCTOBER 23, 2020 -

Hill Headline

Senate to Vote to Confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, despite a boycott by Democratic senators, setting her up for confirmation by early next week. The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote Sunday, but Senators can debate her nomination for an additional 30 hours.  Check out Poligon’s Supreme Court nomination guide for more details.


Legislative Updates

Update on Coronavirus Relief Negotiations On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) gave the White House a 48-hour deadline for the COVID-19 relief deal. Tuesday morning, after the 48-hours Pelosi stated there was no deal but they were making some progress. In the Senate, Democrats voted to block the GOP’s $500 billion coronavirus bill, which included a federal unemployment benefit, an additional round of aid to small businesses, and funding for coronavirus testing and vaccine research.

Bill to Reduce Police Violence Against People with Mental Illness Representatives Katie Porter (D-CA-45), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA-29), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-5) introduced the Mental Health Justice Act, which reduces violence against individuals with mental illness and disabilities. The bill supports the creation of mental health first responder units that would be deployed instead of law enforcement when 911 is called due to an individual in a mental health crisis.

Statement on Inspector General Report Confirming Postmaster General’s Changes Caused Mail Delays Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), the Chairwoman of the Committee of Oversight and Reform, and Gerald Connolly (D-VA-11), the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, issued a statement in response to a new report from the Postal Service Inspector General on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes. The statement highlighted the Representatives' concerns over the reports confirming the operational changes made by the Postmaster-General caused significant delays to postal office services. 
October Recess

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The House of Representatives adjourned for their recess until November 13th and your representative will be back in your home state!. This is a great opportunity to call or email your members of Congress directly to tell them about the issues that are most important to you! 
Click here to view our October Recess Action Alert for more information.

Further Reading

Pelosi suggests coronavirus relief deal could slip past November elections | Politico | October 21, 2020

Hill Buzz

On the COVID-19 Relief Package Negotiations:

“As you know, our Democratic colleagues informed the committee last night that they will not participate in the hearing. That was their choice. It will be my choice to vote the nominee out of committee. We're not going to allow them to take over the committee.”

— Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC)

“Fearing a loss at the ballot box, Republicans are showing that they do not care about the rules or what the American people want, but are concerned only with raw political power.”

—  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer


Facebook Live

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Poligon’s Legislative Fellow, Zayn Hasan, went on Facebook Live on Wednesday, October 21st, to discuss various hill updates, Supreme Court Nomination key dates, October Congressional recess, and voting resources! Click here to watch.

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