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The DC: 🏳️‍🌈 Pence on the pride flag, and... Should Congress get a cost-of-living raise?

by Countable | 6.12.19

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Pride (Flag) and Prejudice

Vice President Mike Pence has confirmed reports that American embassies are banned from flying the rainbow pride flag on embassy flagpoles during Pride Month.

 “I’m aware that the State Department indicated that on the flagpole of our American embassies that one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag, and I support that,” Pence said in an interview with NBC News.

U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil, and Latvia are among the nations that requested permission from the State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and were denied

The practice had been routinely approved for most of the decade. As the Washington Post explained, “the Obama administration’s Pride Month guidelines included rules for flying rainbow flags from poles outside embassies—they had to be smaller than the American flag and fly beneath it.”

Several human rights and LGBTQ advocacy groups criticized Pence and the administration’s decision to ban Pride flags.

"Shocking no one: Mike Pence wants to stop #Pride flags from being flown over U.S. embassies," Human Rights Campaign tweeted.

Should U.S. embassies be allowed to fly the pride flag?

On the Radar

Pay Raise Pulled

The nearly $1 trillion “minibus” spending bill that the House is set to consider over the course of the next few days got a little smaller Tuesday, when Democratic leadership moved to strip provisions funding the legislative branch after a proposed pay raise for Congress proved controversial.

The House voted 227-190 to adopt a rule governing debate on the “minibus," which included a self-executing amendment removing the $3.972 billion in funding for the legislative branch before floor debate begins. As filed, the bill would have restored a $4,500 cost-of-living raise for Congress.

Pay has been frozen at $174,000 for rank-and-file members since 2009, and the CRS estimates congressional salaries would now be $210,900 if they’d been increased at the rate of inflation. The Constitution's 27th Amendment prohibits a sitting Congress from increasing its own pay, so increases beyond a cost-of-living adjustment couldn't apply until the 117th Congress.

Should members of Congress get a cost-of-living adjustment?


Under the Radar

Nothing But Net...and Nyet

On June 11, the one-year anniversary of the net neutrality appeal, over 100 tech companies and advocacy groups demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) allow a vote on the Save the Internet Act.

"Americans want and deserve enforceable protections that preserve net neutrality, ensure stronger broadband competition, and improve access," the coalition wrote in a letter. "They don't want big cable and phone companies controlling what they see, say, and do online. They want more choices and more affordable internet access service."

Fight for the Future also held an "epic livestream," where policy experts, gamers, lawmakers, and others read comments in support of net neutrality.

Do you support efforts to restore net neutrality?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 11:00am EDT, the president will receive his intelligence briefing.
  • At 12:00pm EDT, the president and first lady will greet and participate in a 2:2 bilateral meeting with the Polish president and Mrs. Kornhauser-Duda.
  • At 12:35pm EDT, the president will participate in an expanded working lunch with the Polish president.
  • At 1:40pm EDT, the president will participate in a joint signing ceremony with the Polish president.
  • At 2:15pm EDT, the president will participate in a joint press conference with the president of Poland.
  • At 5:15pm EDT, the president and first lady will attend the Polish-American reception in the East Room.

The House of Representatives: In

The Senate: In

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And, in the End…

It's Superman Day. Here's the Man of Steel meeting JFK:

Hope your day is super,

—Josh Herman

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