The Leader’s Floor Lookout: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Washington, February 1, 2023
Here’s what to watch for on the House Floor today:
Showing Up For the American Peopleonly three percent of federal employees teleworked each day. Now, Washington, D.C., has the highest work-from-home rate of any major city in the country. In her inaugural address, Mayor Bowser urged President Biden to have federal employees return to in-person work. Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer’s legislation, H.R. 139, the SHOW UP Act of 2023, would end teleworking for federal employees and require them to return to the office. The SHOW UP Act will:It is long overdue for federal employees to return to work in person. Veterans are having difficulties accessing their benefits and families are struggling to receive their tax returns because of the backlogs created by the Biden Administration’s expanded telework policies for federal bureaucrats. The federal government exists to serve the American people, and Congress is responsible for ensuring these federal agencies are correctly functioning. Even liberal D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser agrees that teleworking is a disaster. Before COVID-19,
Ending the COVID-19 National Emergency All across America, schools have reopened, mask mandates have been lifted, and the vast majority of workers have returned to the office. On Monday, President Biden caved to House Republicans. On Friday, January 27, Majority Leader Steve Scalise announced that House Republicans would bring up legislation for a vote to immediately repeal the COVID-19 national emergency. On Monday, January 30, President Biden informed Congress that he would end the COVID-19 national emergency on May 11, 2023. H.J. Res. 7, introduced by Congressman Paul Gosar, would end the COVID-19 national emergency declared on March 13, 2020. The National Emergencies Act was never intended to give the President endless and unlimited authority over the American people’s lives. It’s long past time to end this outdated and unnecessary national emergency.