1) Hoyer on how things are different from with the House remaining “in session” until there is deal. Says it’s not really that different from House being on 24 hours notice for a recall to vote if there is in fact a deal on coronavirus aid
2) Hoyer: I don’t think there is a difference…giving people 24 hours notice..we’re not going to negotiate this on the floor…members don’t have to be on the floor to do this. This is going to be negotiated at the leadership level.
3) Hoyer says the posture of members having 24 hours notice to return to Washington is really the standing policy:
We are going to be voting on a piece of legislation as soon as there is a deal

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21 Sep
A) As we always say, it’s always about the math on Capitol Hill.
B) Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today signaled they believe the Senate should forge ahead and fill the Supreme Court vacancy this fall.
C) Gardner’s statement was silent on specific timing. Just saying that he would “vote to confirm” if/when President Trump puts forth a qualified nominee.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said she would “evaluate” the nominee, but did not go as far as Gardner.
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21 Sep
A) Grassley: Over the years, and as recently as July, I’ve consistently said that taking up and evaluating a nominee in 2020 would be a decision for the current chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Senate Majority Leader.
B) Grassley: Both have confirmed their intentions to move forward, so that’s what will happen. Once the hearings are underway, it’s my responsibility to evaluate the nominee on the merits, just as I always have.
C) Grassley: The Constitution gives the Senate that authority, and the American people’s voices in the most recent election couldn’t be clearer.
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21 Sep
1) The general read on CapHill is that Trump will announce his SCOTUS pick on Saturday. There is concern about alienating Jewish voters. Thus, the family of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would sit Shiva (the seven day mourning period) through this coming Friday evening.
2) Nothing is etched in stone, but it’s possible the Senate Judiciary Committee could try to conduct a confirmation hearing either the week of Oct 4 or Oct 11. The nomination would not hit the floor for debate and a final vote until either the week of Oct 18 or Oct 25
3) The House Rules Committee today is prepping an interim spending bill which runs through December 11. The government is only funded through September 30. The House plans to consider the bill this week.
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21 Sep
1) Manchin: For the sake of the integrity of our courts and legal system, I do not believe the U.S. Senate should vote on a U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the November 3rd election.
2) Manchin: For Mitch McConnell and my Republican colleagues to rush through this process after refusing to even meet with Judge Merrick Garland in 2016 is hypocrisy in its highest form.
3) Manchin: Pursuing an overtly partisan approach to confirming a Supreme Court Justice will only deepen the political tribalism we are witnessing across this country.
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20 Sep
1) There is a supposition, suggesting that the House of Representatives could try to impeach President Trump again or impeach Attorney General Bill Barr to inhibit the Senate from moving expeditiously to confirm a Supreme Court Justice.
2) It’s hard to see how any such scenario could impede the Senate. 

Let’s hypothetically that the House does impeach the President or Barr and appoints House managers to handle a Senate impeachment trial.
3) Senate Impeachment Rule I requires the Senate to approve a resolution to receive and exhibit the articles of impeachment. Impeachment Rule II establishes the formal beginning to the trial.
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20 Sep
1) The confirmation of the next Supreme Court justice will hinge on two things: timing and math.

How fast can President Trump settle on a nominee? How fast can the administration vet that individual?
2) How fast can the Senate consider the nominee and provide Constitutionally-mandated “advice and consent?” Finally, would a nominee have enough votes?

For starters, everything is on the cusp – ranging from the timing of a confirmation hearing to the roll call vote itself.
3) It is extraordinary to have a Supreme Court vacancy this close to an election. And, past is prologue. Supreme Court nomination battles are always intense. But the melee over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh exacerbated an already malignant situation.
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