National Journal: “With just 10 days before the budget conference committee must report its recommendations to Congress, signs of movement in the ongoing negotiations are appearing in the halls of the Capitol. Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., the cochair of the conference committee, returned to Washington Tuesday even with the Senate still in recess, an indication that the talks are ramping up ahead of the committee’s Dec. 13 deadline.
Politico wonders if this is Paul Ryan’s bipartisan budget moment: Despite largely crafting bills that have served up Republican red meat, “for the first time in his 14 years in Congress, the Wisconsin Republican has a chance to shepherd a major bill with his name on it into law, giving him an opportunity to shape part of the 2014 election and, perhaps, his own political image as he considers a possible 2016 White House bid.”
National Journal and Roll Call report that a new Boehner hire, a former McCain aide, indicates he’s serious about crafting real immigration reform. She has supported a path to citizenship in the past. She’s currently director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
USA Today: “The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the only piece of gun legislation likely to pass Congress despite sweeping calls to overhaul the nation's gun laws in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. The bill is a simple, 10-year extension of an existing 1988 law banning guns that are undetectable in metal detectors or X-Ray machines. Democrats wanted to amend the law to strengthen the ban but accepted it without changes to get it passed.”
Despite a Democratic poll showing support for the Iran deal, House Republicans are trying to figure out ways to bash it. The Hill: “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Tuesday was adamant during a closed-door meeting with Republicans that the White House explain the details of the agreement, a source in the room told The Hill. Noting that Cantor is ‘very concerned with where the president is leading us,’ the source said the No. 2 GOP House leader intended to work closely with Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) to produce a legislative response.” Cantor is the only Jewish Republican member of Congress. Israel is not in support of the deal.
Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) could face House Ethics charges. USA Today: “Congressional rules give the House Ethics Committee 30 days after a member has been charged with a crime to decide whether to take action.” Mark the date: “The Ethics Committee, which meets behind closed doors, must convene by Dec. 19 to discuss possible action.”
By the way, not everyone wants Radel out of Congress. Despite the state Florida GOP calling for him to step down, Southwest Florida Young Republicans think he should stay.
The Capitol Dome is set to undergo massive, $60 million repairs. USA Today takes a look at the timeline of the dome.
At least one Texas Republican thinks there are enough votes in the House to impeach President Obama.
A staffer for Rep. Kristen Sinema (D-AZ) is leaving her job to fight her mother’s deportation.
First published December 4 2013, 6:16 AM