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This Week in Research: December 5 – 9

Highlights from the Week

1. On December 6, the United States House of Representatives passed the Veteran Service Recognition Act of 2022. This bill, which passed by a vote of 220–208, amends immigration-related issues pertaining to noncitizen military veterans. It also authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide lawful permanent resident status to a veteran subject to removal. It will now move on to the U.S. Senate for a vote. Click here to read the bill text and view the vote breakdown. Additionally, click here to read a statement from the bill’s sponsor, Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) and here to read a statement in opposition of the bill from Mike Bost (R-IL). Lastly, to read statements from other members who voted on the bill, click here.


2. For the past few weeks, demonstrators in China have protested the country’s “zero-COVID” policy, which included strict lockdowns and other mitigation strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. The protests have grown to tens of thousands, garnering international attention as the largest mass demonstration in China since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. On Wednesday, December 7, the Chinese government announced a rollback of some of the policies, including mass testing requirements and mandatory hospitalization. Click here to read a statement by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators condemning the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their violent crackdown on the protesters.


3. On Thursday, December 8, basketball player Brittney Griner was released from a Russian detention facility, in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout. In February of this year, Griner was detained by Russian customs for having hashish oil in her luggage. She was later arrested for smuggling charges. She went on trial in July and pleaded guilty, and in August, she was sentenced to nine years in prison. During this time, President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken negotiated her release. Click here to read remarks from President Biden and here for a statement from incoming Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries.


Elections

By the Elections Research team: Noah, Nick, Zachary, Courtney, Seth, & Caleb and Elections Research intern: Francesca

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:

Want to learn more about the results from Georgia’s congressional runoff election? You can see the results of this race here.

Officials

By the Officials Research team: Johanan, Neal, Thomas, Bibi, Craig, and Israel


Public Statements: 748 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.

Key Votes:

Special Interest Groups:

  • There were 19 endorsements released to the live web this week, which can be viewed here (organized by group). This year to date, the SIGs team has rated 118,656 candidates and entered endorsements for 46,110 candidates.

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