Highlights from the Week
On October 7th, 2023 Hamas, a militant Palestinian group, invaded Israel through the Gaza Strip (which they currently govern). Initially a barrage of rockets from Hamas that killed over a thousand Israelis, the conflict quickly escalated, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly declaring war on Hamas. In the days following, thousands of Israelis and Palestinians have been killed, hundreds have been taken hostage by Hamas, and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been displaced. Israel has cut off food, water, and electricity to Gaza. For its part, the United States has condemned Hamas and pledged support for Israel in the wake of this attack. To read a statement from President Joe Biden, click here. To read a statement from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, click here. To read a statement from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, click here. To read a statement from Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, click here. Lastly, to read a statement from House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik of New York, click here.
In the aftermath of last week’s successful vote to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the House Republican Conference met in private on Wednesday, October 11th, to nominate a new candidate for Speaker of the House. By a vote of 113 to 99, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana narrowly defeated House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio and is now the Republican Party’s choice for Speaker. As of this writing, there is no set date for the vote on Speaker, but it will come down to Scalise and the Democratic Caucus’ choice for Speaker, current Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York. To read a statement from Majority Leader Scalise, click here. To read a statement from Minority Leader Jeffries, click here. To read a statement from Representative Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania, click here. To read a statement from Representative Bob Good of Virginia, click here. Lastly, to read a statement from Representative Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania, click here.
On October 11th, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a new rule to ban junk fees–hidden fees that might inflate the price of a hotel or flight reservation or some payment that isn’t charged up front. This new rule would require businesses that rely on junk fees to provide refunds to consumers or face a monetary penalty of up to $50,000. Like all agency rules, it will be published in the Federal Register, and Americans will be able to submit comments online for up to 60 days. To read a statement from President Joe Biden, click here. To read a statement from Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, click here. To read a statement from Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, click here. To read a statement from Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State, click here. Lastly, to read a statement from Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri, click here.
By the Elections Research team: Nick, Zachary, Caleb, Seth, Jessica, and Max and Elections Research interns Ionut, Spencer, Molly, Rachel, Emma, Kaia, and Brenda
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By the Officials Research team: Sam, Johanan, Neal, Thomas, Quinn and Interns: Justin, Skylar, Jami, Abby, Claire, Heather, Kaitlin, Sophia, Tristen, Arola and Nischay.
Public Statements: 462 statements were added this week. See highlights from the week for notable statements.
States: 42 new votes were added.
Nevada Governor signed SB 35 - Increases criminal penalties for fentanyl trafficking and possession
Michigan Senate passed SB 483 - Establishes the prescription drug affordability board to review prescription costs
Michigan Senate passed SB 485 - Requires the Social Welfare Act to comply with the Prescription Drug Cost and Affordability Review Act
Michigan House passed HB 4568 - Authorizes motor vehicle hiring to transport voters to polls
New Jersey Governor signed A 4151 - Amends certain restrictions on cannabis establishment owners
U.S. Congress: 0 new votes were added.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
This year to date, the SIGs team has entered 38,047 ratings and 11,581 endorsements for candidates.