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Aug 4 11 tweets 2 min read
1) Guidance on Succeeding Late GOP IN Rep Jackie Walorski (R-IN) in Congress

Under Indiana state law, we are within a window where the governor must call a special election to fulfill the remainder of the unexpired term of the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN).
2) States sometimes hold a special election to fill a seat for the rest of the term on election day in November – along with the actual general election for the full term in Congress which begins in January.
3) Indiana Republicans could decide who they want to run in a special election later this year to finish off Walorski’s term.

What is less clear is what they do about Walorski’s name appearing on the November ballot for the full term last year.
4) Indiana state law says that a vacancy on the ballot “shall be filled by appointment by the district chairman of the political party.” In this case, the Indiana GOP District 2 Chairman is Zachery Potts – who was also killed in the crash with Walorski yesterday.

5) How they handle fulfilling Walorski’s seat for the 118th Congress next year is a bit unclear.
6) There have been instances were deceased lawmakers have appeared on the ballot before.
7) Such was the case with late Rep. Nick Begich (D-AK) who was killed in a plane crash along with late House Majority Leader Hale Boggs (D-LA) – who was the father of Cokie Roberts - in 1972.
8) Begich went on to defeat future Rep. Don Young (R-AK) on the ballot that fall – despite having died.

Alaska then held a special election in 1973 and voters elected Young. Young served in the House until his death earlier this year.
9) The one thing that cannot happen is an appointment to the House of Representatives.

Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution dictates that House members must be elected.
10) “The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature.”
11) However, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution allows for the appointment of senators if a Senate seat is vacant.

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Aug 6
1) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Senate and the budget reconciliation package this weekend

As we say, Beware the Ides of August. Shakespeare’s “Ides of March” had nothing on Congress when it comes to what happens on Capitol Hill during most Augusts.
2) Congress was supposed to be on recess now. But the Senate meets today at noon et. for a rare Saturday session as Democrats attempt to pass their climate, health and tax bill. 

Expect a lengthy session which drags into the night or even the wee hours of Sunday. Perhaps longer.
3) The Senate is still waiting for a ruling by Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough on what’s allowed to be in the bill. Only fiscal provisions qualify. Not straight policy. The bill must also be budget neutral over a ten-year period.
Read 10 tweets
Aug 5
A) Budget reconciliation vote-a-rama stats. Many vote-a-ramas last 11-15 hours. They often involve anywhere from 30 to 40 roll call votes. The budget vote-a-rama had 42 votes and lasted 14 hours, ending just before 4 in the morning.
B) The vote-a-rama on the $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill in March, 21 consumed 37 roll call votes. The vote-a-rama was supposed to start in late on Friday morning. It did with a vote at 11:03 that morning.
C) But the Senate kept a vote on an amendment to raise the minimum wage open until 10:53 pm et that night. The 11 hour and 50 minute vote was the longest vote in Senate history. The Senate then began the vote-a-rama in earnest around 11 pm et.
Read 4 tweets
Aug 5
1) User’s Manual to the budget reconciliation package

The Senate is out today. But work continues behind the scenes to scrub the reconciliation bill with Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to make sure everything comports with strict budget guidelines.
2) Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) signaled last night she was willing to “move forward,” subject to MacDonough’s judgments. 

To get Sinema on board, Democrats took out the “carried interest” provison which taxed big investors and hedge fund managers.
3) In return, they added in an exise tax on stock buybacks. 

Sinema also got money to help Arizona combat with the drought. The amount of deficit reduction in the bill increased slightly above the $300 billion baseline in savings.
Read 7 tweets
Aug 5
A) Schumer: I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act that I believe will receive the support of the entire Senate Democratic conference.
B) Schumer: I have had many productive discussions with members of our conference over the past three days and we have addressed a number of important issues they have raised.
C) Schumer: The agreement preserves the major components of the Inflation Reduction Act, including reducing prescription drug costs, fighting climate change, closing tax loopholes exploited by big corporations and the wealthy, and reducing the deficit by $300 billion.
Read 4 tweets
Aug 4
1) User’s Manual on Where We Stand With the Manchin/Reconciliation Bill

We are not really that much further down the tracks today from where we were yesterday afternoon on the reconciliation bill crafted by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV).
2) We are still waiting on a ruling by the Parliamentarian as to what qualifies or doesn’t for this bill. Keep in mind that the special budget reconciliation process dictates that provisions must be fiscal in nature and can’t add to the deficit over a ten-year window.
3) They cannot be policy provisions. So, we don’t know the universe of things they’re working on until we get a ruling from the Parliamentarian.

Then, senators can begin to decide whether they want to update or change the bill.
Read 9 tweets
Aug 4
1) McCarthy on Fox on Pelosi going to Taiwan: I think how she went about doing it was wrong. And I think the way the administration handled it wrong, the administration didn't stand up strong to China at the beginning, so they thought they could build something bigger.
2) McCarthy: The administration should have said from the very beginning. American members of Congress are Americans go to any country they want and you're not going to dictate who we are.
3) McCarthy: I have never led a CODEL to any other country in the world with not being bipartisan. You want to speak with one voice as America, and especially if you want to make a statement that we're united behind our support of Taiwan, why wouldn't you take both parties?
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