More broadly, the suspension calendar has always been a place where the minority in the House could express more general grievances. Because suspensions require 2/3 to pass, the minority has always had the power to "shut down suspensions" if they are annoyed about other things.
This looks like it's coming from MTG/Freedom Caucus, but there also appears to be a more general disgruntlement among the House GOP (beyond the usual minority whining), so maybe there's a broader consent to frustrating the suspension calendar. Image
As @JonLipe notes, shutting down suspensions hurts Republicans too, since they get a share of the non-controversial suspension bills. So it's usually just a threat/symbolic move to do it; the pain doesn't simply reside with the majority.

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7 Mar
This. The downside of any talking filibuster is that it destroys your ability to dual-track. And then you are right back to hoping you can wait people out while the rest of your agenda withers. 1/
Now maybe you can flip the pressure by forcing 41 to stay on the floor. That’s theoretically a lot easier than the impossible task of keeping the *majority* near the floor to answer quorum calls while a handful of opponents conduct the filibuster. 2/
But I’m actually not sure it’s any better. Can’t the 41 just force a quorum call and then abandon the floor, forcing the majority to still produce the whole quorum? There are tricky questions like this that might make any of these plans quite difficult.
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4 Mar
A reminder that there are thousands of people who work on the Hill in non-partisan jobs, who tirelessly work to make the place function.

Of course today I'm thinking of reading clerks and parliamentarians, but there are many others. 1/

#NonpartisanStaff #FirstBranch
My favorites were always the leg counsel staff. These saints take any crazy idea you have scribble on a napkin and figure out how to both say it in legalese, and also find every spot in the US Code that needs adjustment. Usually they'll accidentally help you improve it. 2/
Of course, I also love the people at CRS. Now that I don't work there, I find myself using their research on almost a daily basis, it truly is the secret to knowing (or pretending to know) what you are talking about in any congressional discussion/debate. 3/
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4 Mar
I've long thought that the secret to quickly destroying minority obstruction in the Senate was for a pro-reform Senator to go sit at his/her desk and object to every UC, without end. They'd have to reform the place, or expel you. It just can't function under the actual rules.
Now maybe they could reform around your objections and maintain the vital structures of obstruction. But if you make them read amendments, finish quorum calls, have morning hour, read the journal, prevent cmmtes, etc, it's gonna be tough to undercut you w/o a reform floodgate.
Note that I'm not saying this is a good idea. I just always thought an intense faction would (and may still) develop that would force the issue before an actual majority slowly coalesced around nuking the legislative filibuster.
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4 Mar
The best “forcing them to read the amendment” I ever saw was when Sanders demanded a vote on his single-payer plan in exchange for supporting ACA, Reid relented to a few hours debate and a vote that was going to 5-95, and then Coburn surprise-refused to waive the reading by UC.
The best part was that, when Coburn wouldn’t relent, Danders tried to withdraw the (1000 page) amendment, and the chair informed he he couldn’t, because it was being read!
Never saw the phones light up at CRS so fast.
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2 Mar
Good news for anyone terrified by the coming lack of Dr. Seuss titles available for purchase: roughly 50-100 of them are lying around each house in the country that has small children. Good lord, it’s like they grow in the family room. I have no idea how we acquired so many.
Seriously, I have a couple dozen that are from my childhood, my wife has a similar pile, and my kids have been gifted most of them again, at least once.
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18 Feb
People who think the job of a member of Congress during a local natural disaster is purely performative have definitely never been around a member of Congress during a local natural disaster. It might be the single situation where they can (and do) most affect policy outcomes.
In most situations, members of Congress are legislators, not executives. But in local emergencies, they often take on a role that mimics executive decision-making, as they become a federal coordinator / POC for local executives.
In the legislature, they are one of 435 or 100. In a local emergency, they are conduit to tons of resources and a resource who can effectively coordinate certain sets of actors and lean on people to make things happen. Can very much turn into administrators.
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