With Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris.
KICK AND DEEMING – Nothing was resolved while you were sleeping. Talks between the main House Democrats and the leader of the Moderate Agitators ended – for now – shortly after midnight after lawmakers spent a long day and night trying to find a way forward on key elements of the Democrats’ agenda.
This sets up a busy Tuesday as lawmakers attempt to tackle the rule of obstructing debate, the budget plan and the voting rights bill with the intention of still getting the devil out of Washington by the end of the daytime. Ambitious? Yes. But the attraction of a few extra days of recreation before the chaos of September is strong. (Plus, there are those codels scheduled for Wednesday.)
Democrats close to the negotiations said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And Rep. Josh Gottheimer (DN.J.) were close to a deal. But it wasn’t clear how “close” the closeness was – and as the night wore on, it seemed like they were actually moving away. Sources close to the talks say a handful of moderates are still opposed to moving forward, but that number could of course change as the day goes on. Heather, Sarah and Nick held on until the end. Catch up here: https://politi.co/3AYxXqG
Late night discussions were fed by Talay Thai, according to Sarah, who traced the source of the food that was transported to Pelosi’s office. Late night angst and Thai food, isn’t that how everyone handles conflict?
Representative Stéphanie Murphy (D-Fla.) Spoke out on Monday against the idea of moving forward on the fiscal framework without first passing the infrastructure bill. But that was no surprise to the leadership, as Murphy had been quietly trying to strike a deal for several days in tandem with Gottheimer’s public effort.
Keep in mind: The leadership has not ruled out playing hard and putting the last offer on the ground and daring the refractory to vote against.
Frustration in the Democratic caucus, meanwhile, are very high with this recalcitrant group – including among those occupying safe blue seats next November. The usual Tuesday caucus meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m., but Gottheimer and other centrist refractories did not make an appearance at last night’s caucus meeting, so there is little hope that ‘they show their faces this morning.
Especially since Democrats who buy into the long-awaited plan to push forward the infrastructure bill and budget resolution in tandem seem to be getting more and more angry by the hour. With everyone running out of sleep, tensions could flare up again.
The limbs will rotate from the ambitious domestic policy agenda to the ongoing evacuation crisis in Afghanistan, with a briefing of all members at 10:30 a.m., return to a House Rules meeting at an indefinite time and House action from noon. Once things start to move, it can go fast.
Judge, judge until your decision comes true: Pelosi’s proposal to the moderates would speed passage of the budget resolution that is key to moving forward on a massive social spending plan with a price tag as high as $ 3.5 trillion. It also includes an agreement to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package passed by the Senate before current surface transport programs expire.
The rule includes a “preliminary motion”, which means that if the rule is adopted, the budget resolution will also be deemed, or considered, adopted. The procedural trick would make progress toward Democrats’ reconciliation goals, without a potentially messy stand-alone vote on the budget resolution.
GOOD MORNING! Welcome to Huddle, the play-by-play guide to all things Capitol Hill, this Tuesday, August 24, where a flurry of question marks in place of a voting schedule really says it all.
MOST CLICKS OF MONDAY: ‘Trump was an inspiration to me’: Matt Gaetz tries to change the narrative with MAGA romance, from Vanity Fair.
YOU CALL ME ON MY CELL PHONE – The Jan. 6 select committee is stepping up its investigation and will seek tapes of electronic communications linked to the attack, its chairman told reporters on Monday.
Chairman of the select committee Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Told reporters his panel would send letters to telecoms and social media companies, asking them to keep relevant records. The phone records could shed light on a series of phone calls between Republican members of Congress and former President Donald Trump on Jan.6. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Addressed Trump that day. Nick’s Full Story: https://politi.co/3gtPxLd
MANAGER, BODY-MIND CONNECTION— Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger is engaged in mental health and trauma care for his new department, according to a Capitol Hill advocate.
Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), told Huddle during a brisk walk and discussion between votes Monday night that he had a “very positive” conversation with the new chief, who inherits a department traumatized by the violence they faced while defending the Capitol on January 6. a vehicular attack that killed a beloved officer; and a bomb threat lasting several hours last week.
Ryan is committed to mindfulness and mental health for years and wrote a book in 2012, A Mindful Nation. As chair of the House Legislative Appropriations Subcommittee, Ryan has also worked to integrate trauma care, mindfulness and mental health support into the Capitol Police through a partnership. with Dr. Jim Gordon of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the author of Transforming Trauma.
Ryan says his discussions with Manger give him confidence the new chef is on board.
“We’re excited about what’s going on,” Ryan told Huddle. “He’s really committed and he really understands,” Ryan said.
USCP SATELLITES – Capitol Police are branching out from Capitol Hill, launching regional satellite offices in San Francisco and Tampa, Florida. The weather in Sunshine and Golden states isn’t the draw: it’s based on the threats lawmakers face in those places, the department told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The move to California is clear, even without in-depth information on threats to members. With the largest Congressional delegation to the House with 53 members, the state is also home to key leaders, including Pelosi, whose district is in San Francisco, and McCarthy, whose district is in Bakersfield, California. The two lawmakers are surrounded by protective details of the Capitol Police. full time. Tal Kopan of the San Francisco Chronicle has more information on the USCP expansion: https://bit.ly/3jemxJ6
WELCOME WAGON – The POLITICO Congress team is growing! We welcome you Anthony Adragna and Nancy Vu. Anthony is a seasoned energy and environment journalist who will lead Minutes, our new platform for keeping up to date with the latest happenings on Capitol Hill. Nancy, who rose through the ranks at POLITICO from intern to digital producer, now brings her attention to detail and keen eye for producing the Minutes product for the Congress team. More details from Matt Kaminski here: https://politi.co/3B5Kzw1
– CIA Director William Burns held secret meeting in Kabul with Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, from the Washington Post
Michel Chernin is now legislative assistant to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.), covering foreign policy, defense and cybersecurity. He was previously Senior Policy Advisor for Representative Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)
Annalize Davis is now the Director of Public Affairs for SKDK. She was previously Senior Communications Advisor to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
TODAY IN CONGRESS
The House meets at noon for legislative business.
The Senate meets for a pro forma session at 8:30 a.m.
AROUND THE HILL
9h00 The Democratic Caucus and the Republican Conference hold their weekly (separate) meetings. (Democrats met last night, but there’s still a lot to talk about!)
10:00 a.m. Republican Whip Steve Scalise (La.) Joins GOP representatives. Brad Wenstrup (Ohio), Jim Banks (Ind.), Brian Mast (Florida), Michael Waltz (Florida) and others hold a press conference on Afghanistan.
10:30 Briefing of all members on Afghanistan.
11:45 a.m. Representatives McCarthy, Mike Bost (R-Ill.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and others hold press conference on Afghanistan.
1:30 p.m. Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (NY) and Vice President Pete Aguilar (California) hold a press conference following the Democratic Caucus meeting.
2:00 p.m. Bank representatives Kat Cammack (R-Fla.), Kevin Hern (R-Okla.), And other members of the Republican Study Committee hold a press conference on the budget resolution.
2:00 p.m. Hoyer hosts a virtual session with pen and notepad with reporters.
3 p.m. Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) and members of the Texas Congressional delegation and Democratic members of the Texas State Legislature hold a press conference on the John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act.
MONDAY WINNER: Dan Cohen correctly replied that Charles F. Curry, Jr., of California, won election to the 72nd Congress (1931-1933) as a written candidate on November 4, 1930.
Dan’s question of the day: Who was the first president to fly, ride and own a car during his tenure, dive in a submarine, and have a landline? In a related note, who first flew on an airplane on official White House business?
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