Some politicians naturally have skeletons in their closets. But some real skeletons haunt Capitol Hill. You’ve heard of Tales from the Crypt. But how about tales from the Congressional crypt?
When it comes to subpoenas and “contempt of Congress,” Capitol Hill is kind of like a gym.
Democrats and Republicans forged what appeared to be a compromise on the debt ceiling Wednesday.
On Capitol Hill, left-wing lawmakers and a faction of centrists are “together” when it comes to big concepts like major upgrades in infrastructure and even a substantial social spending plan. But not everything is rosy.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is tailoring her public comments about the debt ceiling, government shutdown, social spending bill, infrastructure packages to a very specific audience: House Democrats who she needs to court to secure their votes.
Expect Senate Democrats to use a potential standoff over the debt ceiling, voting rights and even the Parliamentarian’s decision that immigration reform doesn’t qualify for a budget bill as a way to make the case to modify the filibuster.
If Democrats are going to pass their $3.5 trillion social spending plan – and even the bipartisan infrastructure bill – they likely need to worry about Democrats who are not Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.
Handicapping chances for Democratic or Republican control of the House heading into the 2022 midterms is unclear as states are undertaking the once-a-decade effort to “redraw” the lines of congressional districts.
President Biden, congressional Democrats and even some Republicans are remolding Hurricane Ida as justification for Congress to approve the bipartisan infrastructure bill.