Highlights from the Week
1. On December 8, the U.S. House of Representatives provided concurrence in the Senate amendment to the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. This act was originally introduced in May and appropriates $858 billion for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year 2023. The most recent resolution to the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 amends the requirement of COVID-19 vaccine for service members. Click here to view the bill text and vote breakdown. Click here to view a statement from Representative Todd Young (R-IN) and here for a statement from Representative Patty Murray (D-WA). Click here to see statements mentioning the National Defense Authorization Act by members of Congress.
2. On December 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Puerto Rico Status Act, a bill that would allow the territory to vote on their political status next November. The vote would give voters in Puerto Rico a choice of statehood or independence from the United States. Click here to view a statement from former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the passage of this legislation, and click here to view the bill text and vote breakdown. Additionally, click here to view a statement from Representative Nydia Velasquez (D-NY) and here for a statement from Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA). Click here to see statements mentioning the Puerto Rico Status Act by members of Congress.
3. On December 21, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with President Joe Biden and addressed Congress for further American support as well as gave an update on war efforts from Ukraine against Russia. Click here to view a statement from President Biden about Zelensky’s address to Congress. Additionally, click here to see statements mentioning Ukraine and Russia by members of Congress.
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Public Statements: 1,009 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.
States: 21 new votes were added.
Arizona passed HB 2264, a bill that appropriates funding for military transitional housing, which was then signed into law by the governor. This bill seeks to establish: money allocation from federal sources, money allocation for developing projects and programs to provide transitional housing opportunities for military members, and guidelines to yearly reporting status of the transitional housing fund. This bill also specifies: the director shall administer the fund, the money shall be deposited into the fund by order of the governor for newly constructed transitional housing, that the department may not use more than 10% of the money in the fund annually, and that any construction project financed by the department, the department shall notify the city, town, county, or tribal government that a project is planned for its jurisdiction.
New Jersey’s House and Senate passed SJR 70, which adopts a resolution that authorizes the funding for affordable housing in the “Build Back Better” legislation.
New Mexico passed HB 7, which authorizes the Opportunity Enterprise Act and provides financing and loans, which was then signed into law by the governor. The Opportunity Enterprise Act authorizes the New Mexico Finance Authority to apply and uphold regulations and requirements that allow for the expansion of availability of commercial building spaces for meaningful economic development in communities across New Mexico. The full bill text can be found here.
Federal Legislation: 7 new votes
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