In Foley Square, ready to fight for reproductive rights.
Good Morning from Bath, New York…
The United States Senate finished voting on “motions to instruct” for Conference Committee conferees on the United States Innovation and Competition Act/America COMPETES Act semiconductor, innovation, and competition legislation working its way through Congress before leaving Washington last week. That means the Conference Committee—featuring more than 100 lawmakers—will meet this Thursday, May 12. The $250 billion package is intended to boost American research and manufacturing to better compete with China’s growing strength in high-tech industries. Last week in Ohio, President Joe Biden continued to push Congress to pass the legislation. “We’ve gotta up our game.”
Two of the major issues to be resolved:
There is talk of passing a final bill by Memorial Day but, in truth, August is more realistic.
The best news is the legislation, which had also been known as the Endless Frontiers Act and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in the Senate and the America Competes Act in the House, is now being called the Bipartisan Innovation Act.
Back in New York…
The Governor is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 and the redistricting saga continues. First, a federal judge denied Democrats a request for an emergency injunction to allow the primary to continue on the previously drawn district lines (the same ones rejected by the New York Court of Appeals). Judge Lewis Kaplan of the Southern District of New York did not simply deny the petition, he eviscerated it, “In the 102 years since my father, then a Ukrainian refugee, came into this country, if there were two things that he drilled into my head, they were … free, open, rational elections [and] respect for the courts. The relief that I’m being asked to give today impinges, to some degree, on the public perception of both. And I’m not going to do that.”
Dr. Cervas has one week to come up with new Congressional and state Senate Maps. Following a two day public comment period ending on May 18th, the maps will be formally issued on May 20th.
Redistricting: man alive!
Both the Senate and the Assembly are wrapping up Committee meetings for the 2022 Legislative Session this week. Between both Houses, roughly 70 Committees will meet to consider hundreds of bills in the last crunch for Committees to advance members’ priorities for 2022. Anything not advanced this week will have to be prioritized through leadership and put on a Rules agenda. In short, you will want to pay attention to Committee activity now through Thursday. Read Assembly agendas here, and the Senate agendas here.
Go inside the budget process and more.