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The DC: House oversight votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt, and... 🍄 Should Congress make it easier to study psychedelic drugs?

by Countable | 6.13.19

Welcome to Thursday, June 13, hoarders and giving-awayers...

House Oversight Votes to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt

The House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 along mostly party-lines on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to provide documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

All of the committee’s Democrats were joined by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) in voting to hold Barr and Ross in contempt.

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s citizenship question later this month, but Democrats believe the documents are necessary to determine why the question was added to the census.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Trump administration asserted executive privilege over the documents, after a Dept. of Justice (DOJ) request that the committee postpone the “unnecessary and premature contempt vote” to allow the document production negotiations to continue was ignored by the committee.

Read what "contempt of Congress" means, then tell your reps:

Should the full House hold Barr & Ross in contempt over the Census citizenship question?

On the Radar

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart recently tore into Congress for failing to fully fund a program to support sick and dying 9/11 first responders.

"As I sit here today, I can't help but think, what an incredible metaphor this room is for the entire process that getting health care and benefits for 9/11 first responders has come to," Stewart said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reauthorizing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). "Behind me, a filled room of 9/11 first responders, and in front of me, a nearly empty Congress."

Behind Stewart: dozens of police, firefighters, and other first responders.

In front of Stewart: Many empty seats, as numerous lawmakers on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties didn’t show up for the hearing.

More than 11,000 first responders and survivors have been diagnosed with 9/11-related cancers and illnesses. A bipartisan act was introduced in February to fully fund the VCF through 2090.

Do you support permanent authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund?

Under the Radar

Existential Klonopin

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this week on an amendment by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) that would lift restrictions on using federal funds to study psychedelic drugs.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday that passage of the bipartisan amendment “is important, as several studies have shown promise in treatment-resistant PTSD, severe depression, & more.”

“The War on Drugs has caused so much harm. It’s time to reverse it," AOC added.

Since 1996, a rider has been attached to all spending bills that prohibits federal dollars from going to “any activity that promotes the legalization of any drug or other substance in Schedule I" of the Controlled Substances Act. Ecstasy, MDMA, magic mushrooms, and marijuana are all classified as a Schedule I substance.

Should Congress make it easier to study psychedelic drugs?

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in D.C.

  • At 12:30pm EDT, the president will have a working lunch with governors on workforce freedom and mobility.
  • At 4:00pm EDT, the president will deliver remarks on second chance hiring.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a roughly $982 billion "minibus" funding package for defense,

The Senate: In

What You're Saying

Here are some of your thoughts on the $982 Billion ‘Minibus’: FY2020 Funding for Defense, Health & Human Services, Education, Foreign Affairs, and More

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But wait, there's more!

And, in the End…

On this day in 1920, the U.S. Post Office ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post.

The above was staged, but beginning in 1913, it was legal to mail children. Parents would attach stamps to their kids' clothing and letter carriers would accompany the parcels, on trains, to their destination.

Sending you good vibes,

—Josh Herman

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