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This Week in Congress

Congress is in recess this week and will reconvene on April 29th.  Prior to their recess and in an era of tribal politics and congressional dysfunction, we witnessed a rare triumph of consequential bipartisanship this past weekend when the House conducted four votes and passed a $95 billion supplemental bill that provides aid for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan.  More specifically,

  • Ukraine: The vote was 311 to 112 in favor of the aid to Ukraine, with a majority of Republicans (112 voting against it and one, Representative Meuser voting “present”);
  • Israel: In favor of aid to Israel, the vote was 366 to 58;
  • Taiwan: The vote was 385 to 34 with Rep. Tlaib voting “present.,” in favor of funding for Taiwan; and
  • TikToK and Iran Sanctions: The bill passed by a vote was 360 to 58.

The Senate early Saturday passed a two-year reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) warrantless surveillance program.

On Tuesday, April 23rd, the Senate reconvened to consider the motion to proceed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill (HR 3935), along with voting on the House passed $95 billion foreign-aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Indo-Pacific. The legislation includes $60.8 billion in aid to Ukraine, $26.4 billion for Israel, and $8.1 billion for the Indo-Pacific. It also includes measures to seize Russian assets, require TikTok’s Chinese owner to divest itself of the app, and impose sanctions on Iran.