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3 Jan, 4 tweets, 1 min read
There are some House members in Capitol who would be in quarantine after being exposed to covid. These members have tested negative, according to Capitol official. Capitol Hill doctor Brian Monahan says they are participating today through a "secure enclosure"
Monahan says the members can participate in order "to ensure continuity of operations of essential functions" and "are permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19 provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented”
Full statement from Monahan. It’s unclear who the members are. One Capitol official says it’s 2 Dems and one Republican, but won’t disclose their identity
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry voted for Kevin McCarthy from the plexiglass-enclosed area above the House floor, per @kristin__wilson

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22 Dec 20
New - House conservatives strategize with Trump and Pence (along with Rudy) an effort to overturn election on House floor on Jan. 6. Effort will fail, but House members say they have at least one senator’s support and want to extend debate into Jan. 7.…
Pence's involvement in the meeting is significant because he will preside over the joint session of Congress that would count the electoral votes that day. Brooks told me that Pence was at “different parts” of the meeting
Brooks said he saw Sidney Powell at the WH but they didn’t meet with her. GOP planning as many as 72 five-minute floor speeches that day and believe they have a senator’s support for challenges to six states, making debate 12 hours long. House GOP leadership NOT dissuading them
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The House is setting up a convoluted process to finalize votes on the covid relief package and the omnibus funding bill. It's mainly due to concerns among progressives about supporting funding for ICE and defense spending, so they are splitting up the votes on the floor.
The House will vote first to approve the rule governing floor debate. That rule will also include a seven-day stopgap to keep government open. That will give Congress time get to paperwork to the WH without risking a government shutdown. The Senate then would have to approve it
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There will be one floor vote on funding for Commerce-Justice-Science, Financial Services, Defense and Homeland Security.

Then there will be another floor vote to approve the rest of package
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Pelosi wouldn’t answer my question about why the $900 billion deal is more acceptable to her than the $1.8 trillion offer Mnuchin made to her this fall.
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New - Rand Paul told me he will let stop-gap pass today, could avoid shutdown. Said his main point was to delay the defense bill for a day over his objections.
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New - GOP senators ready to acknowledge Biden’s win next week but confront Trump’s refusal to concede. “It is unhealthy for the well-being of our country, and our relations around the world if we spend time debating the outcome of the election,” Moran says…
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Sen. John Cornyn, the senior GOP senator from Texas, is critical of his state’s lawsuit challenging the election results in several battleground states, telling me: "I frankly struggle to understand the legal theory of it.”
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