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This Week in Research: December 19 –23

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.


Elections

By the Elections Research team: Nick, Zachary, Courtney, Seth, & Caleb

Elections:

Want to learn more about the results of the 2022 midterm elections? You can see the full list of results for these offices below:

Biographies: Want to learn more about officials who have been sworn in at the state level? You can see the full list of officials here:

Gubernatorial:

State Legislative:

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Officials

By the Officials Research team: Noah, James, Johanan, Neal, Thomas, Bibi, Craig, & Israel


Public Statements: 1,009 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.

Key Votes:

Special Interest Groups:

  • This year to date, the SIGs team has rated 118,651 candidates and entered endorsements for 46,114 candidates.

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