Congress launches year-end sprint – POLITICO

Shut up now, today starts a sprint on Capitol Hill to get a long and challenging legislative to-do list made before the end of the year. Public finance deadlines and the annual defense bill will dominate this week, before the threat of default and the need for a debt-to-debt agreement head-on later this month.

FRIDAY’S FINANCING-FULLER Public funding expires on Friday. It is the deadline for Congress to make a sustained decision through both chambers to avoid a shutdown. Anyone hoping for a real deal on 2022 spending bills, instead of yet another measure, dreams big but is likely to be disappointed. Months into fiscal 2022, the federal government is still funded at levels agreed under the Trump administration. Democrats are eager for new top-line numbers to work with, but they need GOP support to get new funding levels above the finish line and past 60-vote filibusters in the Senate.

How long the short-term financing deal can be is still in the air: senior Democrats are weighing a date in mid-December against a longer-lasting decision that pushes deadlines into the new year, perhaps in late January. But Republicans have not said yes to that yet either.

SENATE ON DEFENSE The Senate returns to its unresolved issue: consideration of the annual defense policy bill they put on hold prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The NDAA delays do not only have frustrated lawmakers: the United States Allies abroad are keeping a watchful eye on the massive bill that Congress has reliably adopted for six decades.

On the deck Monday: Deadline for senators to file first-degree amendments to the NDAA is at. 15.30 this afternoon. Senators will vote at 17.30 on whether to limit the debate on a replacement change from Senator Jack Reed (DR.I.). If it manages cloture, the chamber will debate Reed’s proposal. If not, they will go straight to cloture for the underlying bill.

GOOD MORNING! Welcome to Huddle, the play-by-play guide to all that Capitol Hill has to do, this Monday, November 29th. Chag sameach to Huddle readers celebrating Hanukkah this week.

DANCE AROUND STANDARD (REPEAT) Once the government is funded (crossing fingers, etc.), there is another crisis waiting behind the scenes for Congress to avert. Finance Minister Janet Yellen told lawmakers that December 15 is the new deadline to raise the debt ceiling to stave off catastrophic default on the nation’s debt. After weeks of brinkmanship, lawmakers reached an eleven-hour deal back in October, but only raised the debt limit enough to get the country well into this month. They’ll have to do it all over again.

There is still no clear path forward, but Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Spoke together before the Thanksgiving holiday. Republicans still want Democrats to take the debt limit on reconciliation and increase the debt limit by a party vote, and they promise not to give any votes in the Senate to cope with an increase otherwise. But Democrats are still pushing for a bipartisan solution.

BEIJING WARNING SHOTLawmakers on both sides of the aisle want the U.S. government to act decisively to better compete with China, and Parliament is set to move on to the Senate-passed China-targeted $ 250 billion innovation and competition bill. “But Beijing does not take it for granted,” Phelim Kine and Gavin Bade report . “Its officials have warned that retaliation is imminent if the bill becomes law, and experts warn that the impact could be serious on key U.S. economic sectors.”

RELATED: House, Senate trade debt for delayed R & D package, from the National Journal

MUSICAL (CONFERENCE) CHAIRMAN – Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.) promised ultra-conservatives in the House of Representatives that she would only serve one term as conference chair when she deposed rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) From the role. She had her eyes set on another prize: holding the hammer in the House’s education and work committee. But rep. Virginia Foxx (RN.C.) is already eager to retain her first place on the panel, demanding an exemption from the time limit, and encourages talk that Stefanik might try to extend her tenure in management. Olivia Beavers has the whole story: House GOP musical chairs that could hold Stefanik as No. 3

HERE COMES OMICRON – So there is a new variant of COVID-19. “Inevitably it will be here,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on ABC’s “This Week.” Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said “there is no need to panic” yet on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Both Fauci and Collins said it will take time to determine the severity of the omicron variant. But lawmakers will certainly talk about it this week, with the United States putting new travel restrictions in place and continuing tensions over masks and other precautions on Capitol Hill. (If you’ve traveled and gathered for the Thanksgiving holiday, hope you had a good trip. It does not hurt to be tested in the convenient location at HVC 200. Would be reluctant if the Capitol returns to its hotspot status. )

LATE. LONG OR LONG SHOT? Former President Donald Trump’s approval will likely determine which one. Billy Long (R-Mo.) In six terms is trying to win Trump support in a critical primary election in the GOP Senate. “What I’m trying to imprint on him is that you know, ‘you have to get involved in this race and put an end to it,'” he told Burgess, who sat down with Long and talked about ” Trump bucks, “his childhood dog, competition for the Senate and much, much more Read it all: The auctioneer in Missouri offers it all for Trump’s support

SUOZZI VEJER ALBANY New York Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi is expected to make it clear today whether he will seek the Democratic nomination as governor of The Empire State. Over the weekend, Suozzi turned down an offer from New York’s newly elected mayor Eric Adams to become deputy mayor. “I will do everything I can to help my elected mayor @ericadamsfornyc and the people of NYC succeed,” he wrote on Twitter. “After discussing it with my family, I think the best way for me to help him and NYC is in the elected office. I will announce my plans for the future in the coming days.”

‘APPROPRIATE ACTION’— The tensions and vitriol in the house did not soften after the break, they rose. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) Asks Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) To take “appropriate action” against Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), After a video appeared of her with Islamophobic comments about Omar. This comes on the heels of Parliament’s vote before recess to criticize Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) For a social media portrayal of him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.)

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) Apologized to “anyone in the Muslim community I insulted,” but her colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Escalated, tweeting “@IlhanMN and Jihad Squad are all three and do not deserve an apology.”

CHANGE OF TUNE Greene shifted his tone toward House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) Friday night after previously calling him “weak” and saying he should serve her vote for the speaker. “I just got a good call with @GOPLeader,” she tweeted. “We spent time talking about resolving issues not only at the conference but for our country. I like what he has planned ahead.” The focal point speaks to McCarthy’s challenge of keeping his conference united, even when moderate and tough right-wingers each try to steer the House GOP against their flank.

The former rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) Weighed in on both Boebert and Greene’s behavior, calling them “divisive and dangerous” and throwing her support behind Republican women who challenged each of them in the 2022 primary. “You can have a conservative Republican woman. without having a crazy, very unpleasant, ugly, unscrupulous person. ” That’s what Comstock said on CNN.

EVERYONE ELSE EXCEPT MOODY – “Former United States Congresswoman Carrie Pittman Meek, the first black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War reconstruction and who spoke out strongly for southern Florida’s black community, Haitian immigrants and the working poor, died Sunday at her Miami home after a long illness, the family said. She was 95. The slave’s granddaughter, Meek served as Florida state attorney, state senator and later became congresswoman in 1992 at the age of 66. She won the nomination for the Democratic Party and ran without opposition in the parliamentary election and went on to win one of the three blacks majority districts of Florida, which were redistributed at that time. “

Read the excellent obituary from the Miami Heralds Bianca Padró Ocasio: Carrie Meek, pioneering congresswoman in Miami and champion of black communities, dies at age 95

LOVE IN A HOPELESS PLACE Rayburn Elevator Par received the full WaPo treatment.

QUICK LINKS

Democrats are attacking Biden’s agenda to avoid a repeat of the Obamacare struggle, from Deirdre Walsh of NPR

Trump’s Senate election stumbles out of the gate, from our very own Natalie Allison

Saves history with sandbags: Climate change threatens Smithsonian, from The New York Times.

TRANSITION

Alex Siegal is now planning for rep. Chris Pappas (DN.H.). He has most recently been a legislative intern as part of the John C. Stennis Staff Fellows Program for Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) And has postponed being a Harvard law student for the class in 2026.

Parker Dorrough will be managing associate at CLS Strategies. He was previously communications director for Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).

Meghan Dorn joins Argo AI as public policy manager. She has previously been a Legislative Assistant to Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.).

TODAY IN CONGRESS

The House is not in session.

Senate convened at 15.00 with voting at. 17.30

HILL AROUND

Quiet today, but will not remain so.

TRIVIA

THE QUESTION OF THE DAY: Who was the first rabbi to offer a congressional blessing on February 1, 1860?

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