The idea of empowering acting Speaker Patrick McHenry to temporarily move legislation is gaining traction in the Democratic Caucus.
Maine Rep. Jared Golden is now openly calling to increase McHenry’s powers, at least to avoid a government shutdown. In an interview with us, the centrist Democrat said he supports allowing McHenry to move bills on a temporary basis, even without a specific promise from GOP leaders.
Other Democrats have indicated they support the idea, though they’re still pushing for a deal with Republicans in exchange for votes. Exact support is difficult to gauge, since they don’t have a concrete proposal yet.
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