Seeing some armchair parliamentarians out there that Democrats could "clay pigeon" the GOP combo bill and divide the question to get a standalone vote on $2K checks. Sorry to break it to everyone, but that's not gonna happen. 1/
For one: there's just no time to get into a regular-order legislative process on either of these bills. Any votes that get set up will have to be done under a unanimous consent agreement to get done before the Congress ends on Sunday. No such motion would be in order. 2/
For another: You can't "clay pigeon" bills, only amendments. See Riddick's, p.1,503: "applies to amendments and motions but not to the original text of the bill, which, except by unanimous consent or suspension of the rules, must be acted on as a single question in one vote." 3/
And even if you could finagle a standalone vote and it passed, the House wd have to come back and pass the bill again bc GOP text is different. Not the biggest obstacle, but again: The clock is ticking. 4/
So, keep dreaming, folks. But remember there are no procedural shortcuts here, just the raw exercise of political power. Until Democrats muster a 51st vote to challenge him, McConnell sets the agenda. 5/5

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