The only mention of the holiday came from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who read a prepared statement from behind a lectern to reporters that she said was from Trump.
Congress has a packed schedule. And an upcoming lengthy vacation doesn't help lawmakers' ability to pass three major pieces of legislation before August.
Democrats on Capitol Hill have a dilemma over Trump's former national security adviser.
Despite serious accusations from the former Trump national security adviser in a forthcoming memoir, Senate Republicans said they have no qualms about refusing to subpoena John Bolton during the president's impeachment trial.
"There is no room in the hallowed halls of this democracy, this temple of democracy, to memorialize people who embodied violent bigotry and the grotesque racism of the Confederacy," Nancy Pelosi said.
The topic has emerged as one with little common ground and could create an impasse for lawmakers amid their sprint to overhaul the country's law enforcement agencies before leaving town for a two-week Fourth of July recess.
The differences reflect the flashpoints in the issues dividing the national conversation on race and policing.
A bipartisan package on police reform in response to George Floyd's death could be approved by lawmakers and on President Donald Trump's desk in the next few weeks.
Republicans are considering a slew of potential proposals to include: an extension of the federal jobless benefit boost of $600 per week (but at a reduced rate), a back-to-work bonus and liability protections for companies.
"This is the book Donald Trump doesn't want you to read," the former national security adviser's book publisher said.
While the notion of President Trump refusing to relinquish his power may seem outlandish—an American president has never refused to vacate the Oval Office in U.S. history—the fears among at least some Democrats and anti-Trump figures is very real.
Republicans must determine how to navigate an aggravated president as they internally debate whether it is time to strip bases of their names that bear titles with racist pasts.
The growing call among some liberal and racial activists to defund or disband police forces has acted as political ammunition for Republicans and conservatives amid demands for law enforcement reform.
Philonise Floyd's plea came as Congress weighs how to improve the way America's local law enforcement agencies operate and to prevent further killings of people of color at the hands of white police officers.
GOP senators see a need to respond to George Floyd's death, even as Trump remains mum on reform and tweets a wild conspiracy theory about a protester injured by police.
Government officials testified to lawmakers that coronavirus-related relief has been a popular target by schemers trying to defraud the federal government.
"Can you imagine if [John] McCain were around right now?" said the general who oversaw the military response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I don't think he would be too happy with things going on right now."
Republicans, already hesitant to dole out more federal relief as the country reopens, view the encouraging numbers as justification to delay—or forgo altogether—additional spending.
"Let us pass this piece of legislation today of all days. Let's give a headline tomorrow or something that will give hope to this country that we can get it right," Senator Cory Booker said.
The condemnation from former Defense Secretary James Mattis and the GOP senator add to the growing list of politicos and military figures who have denounced Trump's handling of the civil unrest that has sparked in cities from coast to coast over the death of a black man by a white police officer.
Though they initially gave the cold shoulder to the idea of extending the $600 per week bonus past its July 31 deadline, Senate Republicans are warming to the idea of stretching the extra payout period while reducing the benefit.
Lawmakers are split on how to address the strained relationships that persist between law enforcement and communities of color.
Their comments came despite video evidence and first-hand accounts showing a non-hostile crowd that was dispersed by riot shields, rubber bullets, tear gas and police horses so the president could walk across the street to pose for the photo with a Bible in his hand.
The resolution, which also accuses the president of "violating the constitutional rights of those peaceful protesters," is expected to be blocked by Republicans.
While the Democratic presidential primary has all but been determined, members of Congress in both parties are up against some tough primary races. And the key congressional contests will come as a test for November on whether America can successfully—and safely—vote during a health crisis.
A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the pandemic has devastated U.S. businesses and spending to the extent that it will shrink the country's gross domestic product by nearly $8 trillion over the next decade.
In the eyes of many in Congress and the Trump administration, China has painted a target on its own back.
The move to nix a vote that would reauthorize expired portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act comes after a collapse of broad support for legislation that was the culmination of months of negotiations between the White House, the Justice Department and Congress.