Moulton and Meijer go thugs, September deadlines pile up
With Sarah Ferris.
SCARY SEPTEMBER – Just two days of frantic action in the House felt like a full week, but it’s recess again. Let’s look at what happens when the summer vacation really comes to an end and a series of September deadlines loom.
Budget resolution, now authorized by both chambers, kicks off a wave of activity over the next few weeks as committee chairs from both chambers work behind the scenes to draft their portions of a massive $ 3.5 trillion social spending bill. dollars, put them together and get them ready for ground action. September 15 is the target date to get there.
Mid-September This is also when the Treasury Department should be on the verge of exhausting the “extraordinary measures” it has put in place to avoid default on the national debt.
The House just locked the Sept. 27 deadline to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate, just days before surface transportation programs expire.
Government funding dries up at the end of September, unless Congress can either discuss the 12 spending bills (which is unlikely, to put it mildly) or craft a continuing resolution by the 1st October. RC based on spending levels and policies adopted under the Trump administration is a tough pill for Democrats to swallow when in the majority.
By the end of SeptemberThe 15% increase in federal food benefits put in place during the pandemic is also expected to end, and on October 3, the extended ban on evictions will end.
ROGUE RESCUE MISSION – Two members of the House watched as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the frenzied and dangerous evacuation effort that followed, and thought what the situation needed was them.
Representatives Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) And Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) expressed their displeasure at the chaotic evacuations from Afghanistan on the road, visiting the Taliban-controlled nation this week.
The rogue codel prompted a terse warning from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday evening, in which she urged other House members not to travel to the highly volatile region “during this time of danger “.
“Members’ trip to Afghanistan and surrounding countries would unnecessarily divert necessary resources from the priority mission of safely and rapidly evacuating the United States and threatened Afghans from Afghanistan, ”Pelosi said in the letter Tuesday evening, obtained by POLITICO.
The couple, both Iraq war veterans, said their trip was “to gather information, not to speak”. They defended themselves against quick criticism, saying they “left on a plane with empty seats, sitting in seats reserved for the crew to make sure no one who needed a seat lost. one because of our presence “.
Who paid for the trip? According to Moulton spokesman Tim Biba, the couple paid for flights to the United Arab Emirates out of pocket before taking a military flight to Kabul.
Rep. Sarah jacobs (D-Calif.), A member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and former State Department official, made some of the early criticisms of his colleagues in a tweet: “Whether it’s Haiti or the ‘Afghanistan, taking space in a disaster area for your own ego helps nobody. “
Moulton and Meijer both voted by proxy on Tuesday. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) Voted by proxy for Moulton, and a familiar source told Lisa Kashinsky of Massachusetts Playbook and later Huddle that McGovern and his team had been informed that Moulton would be in Massachusetts and no. was unaware of the trip to Afghanistan. Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah) voted for Meijer. More from Nicholas, Sarah and Heather: https://politi.co/3ygMgoD
GOTTHEIMER’S BET – You’ve probably heard more about Rep Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.) this week than ever before in your life. That’s because it’s been a few days for the moderate New Jersey Democrat.
After a roller coaster week, uh, two days, Sarah and Heather watch what happened behind closed doors, on private phone calls and how it is possible for moderates to claim victory while Pelosi and her allies say she doesn did not hesitate or give in an inch: https://politi.co/2Wp5N9t
A key point on Gottheimer and the moderates: Unlike the Progressive Caucus, the centrist faction is more dispersed. That includes this gang of nine, which is a mix of tax and social conservatives, vulnerable “front lines” and some who occupy deep blue seats.
The different wings of moderates – Blue Dogs, New Dems, Problem Solvers – generally spend more time debating semantic differences between them than meeting on a position. Not this time.
GOOD MORNING! Welcome to Huddle, the play-by-play guide to all things Capitol Hill, this Wednesday, August 25.
MOST CLICKS OF TUESDAY: After the January 6 attack, the United States Capitol Police chose San Francisco as their new field office. here’s why, from Tal Kopan to the San Francisco Chronicle
HOW SCREWED IS KINZINGER? – Representative Adam Kinzinger’s (R-Ill.) Exurban Chicago district could be the victim of a redistribution, with Illinois losing one of its 18 districts and Democrats in full control of the redistribution process in the state.
He is well aware that his seat is on the chopping block. “But I’m not too panicked,” he told POLITICO.
Elimination of his district would force Kinzinger to choose between A) running into unknown territory, possibly against another incumbent, or B) running a long haul for Governor or Senate in a blue state. And a gubernatorial bid assumes Kinzinger could win in a GOP primary after spending the last year criticizing a former president who remains beloved by the grassroots. Allie Mutnick explores the dynamics of potential new cards and what that means for Kinzinger: https://politi.co/3yi6z50
JAN. 6 REVEALED WARNING E-MAILS – The Secret Service issued warnings ahead of the attack on Capitol Hill about possible violence by supporters of then-President Donald Trump and threats against police officers in Washington on January 6.
Secret service emails, obtained by POLITICO, further reveal the intelligence gaps of the Capitol Police that the department’s internal watchdog and a Senate report had previously highlighted.
Betsy Woodruff Swan and Nick unpack the disturbing emails, who might have seen them and what that means for the ongoing investigations into the preparation and response to the violent attack on the Capitol: https://politi.co/389rXyL
RELATED: The last “flash report” details the mismanagement of the police emergency system on 1/6, from the AP.
ROUND TABLE ON VOTING RIGHTS – Senate Rule and Administration Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Is once again carrying the message about Democrats’ voting rights on the road. She is in Madison, Wisconsin today for an event with Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, Urban League of Greater Madison President and CEO Dr. Ruben Anthony, and religious leaders involved in the efforts electoral participation.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) Will also be on hand for the event that Klobuchar’s office presents as a follow-up to the rules committee’s visit to Georgia last month for the first field hearing in two decades.
– Ethics office: Rep Mooney used campaign funds for family vacations and fast food, from Chris Marquette to Roll Call
– Herschel Walker runs for Georgia Senate race, by Marc Caputo
Lauren Miller is now Director of Communications at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. She was previously senior advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
TODAY IN CONGRESS
The House is not in session.
The Senate is not in session.
AROUND THE HILL
9h00 Pelosi holds his weekly press conference.
11:00 Pelosi joins leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign for a press conference following a meeting.
11:30 a.m. GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy holds his weekly press conference.
Noon Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.) And a bipartisan group of members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee hold a press conference to call for a safe evacuation from Afghanistan of all Americans and SIV candidates.
WINNER OF TUESDAY: Jack howard correctly answered that Theodore Roosevelt became the first US president to fly in an airplane in 1910. On a “related” note, in 1943 Franklin Roosevelt traveled to Casablanca in North Africa for a strategic meeting with the Allies during World War II . (Teddy was the first president to own a car, the first president to be submerged in a submarine, and the first to have a phone in his home.)
Jack’s question of the day: What former Senate page, messenger, doorman, and US Senator was responsible for previous major league baseball franchises in Washington called “Senators”?
The first person to guess correctly gets a mention in the next edition of Huddle. Send your responses to [email protected]
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