The DC: Shutdown Day 5: Time to invoke the 'nuclear option'? 🎆
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by Causes | 12.26.18
Welcome to Wednesday, friends...
You know, there is one way to end the shutdown...McConnell could "go nuclear."
Leading up the shutdown, Trump urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to use the “nuclear option” to get his $5 billion in border wall funding.
Under current rules, the Senate requires a supermajority of 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. Right now there are only 51 GOP senators—which means Republicans can’t pass most legislation without Democratic support.
By enacting the “nuclear option,” Republicans would only need a simple majority of 51 votes to pass a stopgap funding bill with the wall money added.
On the Radar
- An 8-year-old Guatemalan boy died in U.S. Border Patrol custody on Christmas. He's the second Guatemalan child to die in similar circumstances this month. CBP said in a statement that the boy died shortly after midnight at a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, about 90 miles north of the border crossing in El Paso, Texas. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), chairman-elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said that while "CBP notified Congress within 24 hours as mandated by law, we must ensure that we treat migrants and asylum-seekers with human dignity and provide the necessary medical care to anyone in the custody of the" government. Is it time to reform the family detention system?
Under the Radar
Tomorrow is the earliest the government could re-open. Here are three dates to be aware of as the partial shutdown continues.
- Thursday, December 27th: Both chambers are expected to return to D.C. on this date, so it's the earliest the shutdown can conclude. If a deal is struck before Congress returns things could move quickly on Thursday. But if negotiations aren't moving forward, it may be a quiet day in the Capitol.
- Thursday, January 3rd: The first day of the 116th Congress could feature votes to fund the agencies impacted by the partial shutdown in either the GOP-controlled Senate, the Democrat-controlled House, or both if the 115th Congress is unable to strike a deal with the White House.
- Friday, January 11th: This is the day that bi-weekly paychecks for the December 23 - January 5 period start getting direct deposited for federal workers. For furloughed workers at agencies impacted by the lapse in funding, they won't get a paycheck unless Congress passes legislation to restore their pay for the furlough period after the funding lapse ends. Congress routinely passes legislation to give furloughed workers retroactive pay after funding lapses, and the Senate already unanimously passed a bill to that effect for this shutdown.
Your Gov at a Glance 👀
The White House: President Trump in D.C.
- To be announced.
The House of Representatives: Out
- The House is expected to return Thursday, December 27th.
The Senate: Out
- The Senate is expected to return Thursday, December 27th.
What You're Saying
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And, in the End…
Should the government define what "natural" cheese is?
The Codifying Useful Regulatory Definitions (CURD) Act would create a legal definition of “natural cheese”.
By defining this term - which currently has no official definition - this bill would aim to provide transparency and consistently for consumers, so they can differentiate between “natural cheese” and “process cheese,” or processed cheese products.
The YEAs say consumers need accurate information about the food products they’re buying in grocery stores.
The NAYs argue this bill is a giveaway to the dairy industry that’ll create more, not less, consumer confusion.
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