Four top centrist Democrats on Friday sent a pitch to Acting Speaker Patrick McHenry: Let’s get the House working again. In a letter to McHenry, Democrats told him they support giving him “temporary, expanded authorities” that would allow the House to take up the most urgent bills — namely, government funding plans. Specifically, the Democrats are proposing to let McHenry bring up any emergency aid for Ukraine or Israel, a short-term bill that extends government funding through Jan. 11, or general consideration of fiscal 2024 spending bills.
Those powers should be limited to 15-day increments, they proposed, with extensions possible if the House GOP continues to remain without a leader. In exchange, the Democratic quartet suggested, their party would be allowed to fill up 50 percent of the House’s suspension calendar — which is reserved for noncontroversial bills and requires two-thirds votes for passage, not simple majorities.
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NEWS: Dem centrists have a pitch for McHenry — let’s make a deal.
For 15-day increments, they would:
– Would allow Israel/Ukraine aid on floor
– Allow CR/FY24 approps bills on floor
– Give Dems control over 50% of suspension bills https://t.co/sIIjgSLuHP
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