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16:07

So far for the month of December, urgent matters we have before Congress:

  • government funding
  • the debt limit

Now add to that list – the Build Back Better Act.

There are a lot of deadlines up ahead for the month of December – 3 December for government funding, 15 December for the debt limit. The arbitrary goal for Build Back Better, at least for the Democrats, appears to be Christmas Day – 25 December.

Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews)

[email protected] tells us he thinks the BBBA will be on President Biden’s desk by Christmas. That means the Senate would have to pass the bill & House re-pass it in the next three weeks.

“I don’t see [Sen. Manchin] being an obstacle to its passing.”

November 30, 2021

Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is optimistic, though considerably less than Tim Kaine.

Igor Bobic (@igorbobic)

Schumer says his goal is to “debate and pass” Build Back Better before Christmas Day

November 30, 2021

This Week (@ThisWeekABC)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar tells @GStephanopoulos that she’s confident the Build Back Better plan will be completed by Christmas.

“Sen. Manchin is still at the negotiating table.” t.co/8mUvNOT4gz pic.twitter.com/glTRdMYvQD

November 29, 2021

And then of course, there are the Democrat wildcards of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema – two moderates who have balked at the size of Build Back Better from the beginning.

Manu Raju (@mkraju)

Just spoke with Sen. Manchin, whose vote remains crucial to passing Biden’s Build Back Better bill. He wouldn’t commit to Schumer’s Christmas timeframe. And wouldn’t commit to voting to proceed to the bill. “We will wait to see what we have,” he told a group of us

November 29, 2021

15:47

Lawyers to argue Trump Capitol attack records case in appeals court

Lawyers for former president Donald Trump are heading to a federal appeals court today to attempt once again to stop Congress from receiving call logs, drafts of speeches and other documents related to the 6 January attack on the US Capitol that was led by a pro-Trump mob.

A federal judge had previously rejected Trump’s claim that he could exert executive privilege, which Joe Biden had waived, allowing the National Archives and Records Administration to turn over the records.

Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected Trump’s claims that he could exert executive privilege overriding Biden, saying, “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not president.”

This comes as the Guardian reports that hours before the attack, Trump made several calls from the White House to top lieutenants at the Willard hotel to discuss ways to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election win from taking place.

The House select committee investigating the 6 January attack had subpoenaed these records in October. Trump ally Steve Bannon was charged with criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the subpoena – he too argued that the materials requested were protected under executive privilege.

15:30

House Republicans are engaging in a catty Twitter spat right now, emojis and all.

Some background: far-right congresswoman Lauren Boebert made Islamophobic remarks about Democrat congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Some in the GOP have been coming out to criticize Boebert for her comments, including Nancy Mace and Adam Kinzinger, who called Boebert “trash”.

In a pure high school mean girl move, Majorie Taylor Greene went not after the man, but after the woman, Mace, who called the comments disgusting, but had never called Boebert “trash”.

“Nancy Mace is the trash in the GOP Conference,” Greene tweeted. “Never attacked by Democrats or RINO’s [Republican In Name Only]_ (same thing) because she is not conservative, she’s pro-abort [sic]. Mace you can back up off of Lauren Boebert or just go hang with your real gal pals, the Jihad Squad. Your [sic] out of your league.”

Mace responded by quote-tweeting Greene and responding, “*you’re” – a a correction to Greene’s grammatical error.

“And, while I’m correcting you, I’m a pro-life fiscal conservative who was attacked by the Left all weekend (as I often am) as I defied China while in Taiwan,” Mace continued. “What I’m not is a religious bigot (or racist). You might want to try that over there in your little ‘league’.”

She quote-tweeted Greene again with, “This is what *bat emoji* *poop emoji* *clown emoji* looks like” – which can be interpreted as “this is what batshit crazy looks like”.

Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher)

Welcome to Congress pic.twitter.com/UvZDUjd53s

November 30, 2021

15:09

House minority leader Kevin McCarthy delayed the House passage of the Build Back Better Act earlier this month with an expansive, record-breaking 8.5-hour long speech on the floor that pushed voting into the next day.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi, who held the previous record for longest speech on the floor, called it a “temper tantrum” and periodically sent out press releases during the speech with the subject line, “Is Kevin McCarthy OK?”

The White House was particularly harsh in their assessment of McCarthy’s delay tactics.

“Kevin McCarthy said a lot of words, a lot of words, I just want to emphasize that over the course of eight and a half hours,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “For those of you who did not watch all of it, he shared his wish that he could have been in Tiananmen Square. He mused about whether or not Abraham Lincoln was actually assassinated. He shared his thought or dream, I’m not sure, about picturing America in swim meet after World War II against every other country.

“But in eight and a half hours, what he did not talk about was cutting the cost of childcare, cutting the cost of elder care, what we were going to do around the country to bring more women into the workforce, to protect the climate for generations to come.

“That, in our view, tells us all you need to know about Kevin McCarthy’s agenda and what he supports.”

But it appears McCarthy found fans of his speech somewhere: among donors.

Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram)

Colleague Paul Steinhauser rpts the record-breaking marathon speech by Hse GOP Ldr McCarthy fueled his fundraising. McCarthy’s political team says he hauled in $100,000 right after the speech. NRCC announced it brought in $17 million at its annual fundraising dinner on Nov. 8

November 30, 2021

14:48

Former president Donald Trump put out a statement today commenting on how “everybody wants me on television” yet nobody wants to debate him on his false claims of election fraud during the 2020 presidential election.

“Think of it, zero takers for the so-called ‘ratings machine,” Trump said in the statement. “The reason is, they know they can’t win.”

Reminder that current democratically elected president Joe Biden, whose presidential victory during the 2020 election has been confirmed time and time again in court cases across the country, famously had to tell Trump, “Would you shut up, man?” during one of their debates.

‘Will you shut up, man?’: Biden and Trump clash in first US presidential debate – video

14:44

The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell is reporting that hours before the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, the former president called several of his top lieutenants at the Willard hotel in Washington to discuss stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s election win.

The calls – and Trump’s remarks, in which he told the lieutenants that his vice-president, Mike Pence, was reluctant to go along with any plans to commandeer the certification joint session – reveal the direct line from the White House to the command center at the Willard. They also show that Trump’s thinking appeared to be in line with the motivations of the pro-Trump mob that carried out the attack to halt the Capitol attack and halted Biden’s certification.

Read more here:

Updated

14:29

Good morning…

It’s Tuesday, and the clock is ticking toward the latest deadline – Friday 3 December – for the federal government to run out of funding.

And then we have the small matter of the debt limit, the arbitrary borrowing cap that is raised each year to prevent the US from defaulting on its debts – a move that would cause economic catastrophe. The treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, has said the US can meet its obligations till 15 December or so.

A stopgap funding bill to extend government funding through mid- to late January is set to be introduced in the House of Representatives today. Republicans have indicated that we should not expect a government shutdown for the holiday season, and that we could instead witness the gift of bipartisan cooperation.

With the debt limit, however? Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer informed his leadership team that he and minority leader Mitch McConnell were still in talks.

Manu Raju (@mkraju)

Schumer informed his leadership team that he and McConnell are still in talks over raising the debt limit and that the issue will likely be dealt with next week with the Dec. 15 deadline looming, according to multiple Democratic senators.

November 30, 2021

Manu Raju (@mkraju)

Republicans have proposed that Ds move through reconciliation process to raise debt limit on their own, something that would require them to specify the exact dollar amount that they would raise borrowing limit to. The process would also open them up to a marathon voting process

November 30, 2021

Manu Raju (@mkraju)

But to make the process less arduous, McConnell is proposing to expedite the reconciliation process, something that would take the consent of all 100 senators.

November 30, 2021

Manu Raju (@mkraju)

“This could be a 48-hour exercise,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican of Pennsylvania, who has been in talks over the issue. “It would probably be less than that.”

November 30, 2021

Punchbowl News, a Capitol Hill-focused outlet, isn’t expecting the same high drama over the debt ceiling as back in October. In their morning newsletter, their reporters noted that McConnell’s remarks to them of “we’re still talking about it” contained “no saber rattling, no threats – nothing”. They called it “a pretty significant departure” from his “more hardline rhetoric”, believing it may signal “a very serious effort to come to an agreement and avoid a debt-limit standoff”.