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Chairman of House Rules Committee Issues Report on Remote Voting

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tasked House Rules Committee chairman James McGovern to produce a report on whether the House of Representatives should develop a system for remote voting in light of the COVID-19 crisis. In the report, McGovern concludes that such a change could not be implemented overnight and likely could not be accomplished in time to address the current crisis. The report finds that a rule change of this magnitude would require major changes to foundational House rules surrounding deliberation, voting, and attendance—which would likely have unintended consequences.

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House of Representatives Files Supreme Court Brief in Mazars and Deutsche Bank Cases

The House of Representatives has filed its brief before the Supreme Court in the consolidated cases Donald J. Trump v. Mazars USA, LLP, et al and Donald J. Trump v. Deutsche Bank AG, et al, regarding whether the court should invalidate four subpoenas to the companies from three separate House committees regarding President Trump's financial and business reports. The committees ask the court to affirm the lower courts' judgments that the House can issue the subpoenas, and argue that, "Many momentous separation-of-powers disputes have come before this Court . . .

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Senate Armed Services Holds Hearing on European and Transportation Commands

The Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing today to receive testimony on United States European Command and United States Transportation Command as part of a review of the defense authorization request for fiscal year 2021. The Committee heard from Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of European Command, and Gen. Stephen Lyons, the commander of Transportation Command.

You can watch a video stream of the hearing here.


Justice Department Claims Subpoenas for Trump’s Tax Returns are Unconstitutional

The Justice Department argued in an amicus brief before the Supreme Court that four subpoenas by congressional committees for President Trump’s financial records are unconstitutional, on the grounds that the committees did not make a “heightened showing, both of a legitimate legislative purpose for the subpoenas and of the need for the information sought.” The filing also accuses the committees of using their investigatory powers to harass the president and distract him from his con


Livestream: House Committee on Foreign Affairs Hears Testimony from SIGAR on U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan

On Jan. 15, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing titled “U.S. Lessons Learned in Afghanistan.” The Committee will hear testimony from Mr. John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The livestream is available here and below.


Oral Argument Audio: D.C. Circuit Arguments in McGahn and Grand Jury Material Cases

On Jan. 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Committee on the Judiciary v. Donald F. McGahn, III (concerning the committee's subpoena to the former White House counsel) and In re Application of the Committee on the Judiciary (concerning the committee's effort to obtain grand jury material redacted from the Mueller report). Audio from both arguments is available below.


House Judiciary Committee Brief on Mueller Grand Jury Materials

The House Judiciary Committee has filed a supplemental brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding the committee's litigation to access grand jury material in the Mueller report. The court directed the parties to file briefs regarding whether the committee has standing to pursue the litigation. The document is available here and below.

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