What to Know in Washington: House Departures Trigger Brain Drain

Scores of coveted committee seats and unfinished projects will open up in the next year as over 30 lawmakers exit the House, prompting a scramble for sought-after spots in the next Congress.

What to Know in Washington: McCarthy Holds Sway Even as He Exits

Ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s decision to exit the House by year’s end injects new layers of intrigue about his plans to dispense of his considerable political money, his next career move, and the future of his aides.

What to Know in Washington: Johnson Sends Funding Deal to Senate

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has sent a top-line government-funding offer to the Senate and is awaiting a response, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), told reporters yesterday after the speaker discussed the matter with a group of House Republicans.

What to Know in Washington: Democrats Urge Zelenskiy to Prod GOP

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been invited to speak to senators at a classified briefing today as aid to his country remains snarled in a partisan dispute over border security, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced late yesterday.

What to Know in Washington: OMB Warns Congress on Ukraine Funds

Shalanda Young, President Joe Biden’s budget director, is warning Congress that the US will run out of resources to assist Ukraine by the end of the calendar year, as the White House looks to ratchet up pressure on lawmakers to pass an emergency funding package.

What to Know in Washington: GOP Pushes to Block Migrant Parole

Republican senators are trying to curtail how the Biden administration uses immigration “parole” to release border-crossers into the country, while sidestepping debate over parole granted to Ukrainians, Venezuelans, and other vulnerable communities, two key negotiators said.

What to Know in Washington: Hardliners Soften on Spending Cuts

Ultra-conservatives in the House softened their demands for deep spending cuts to domestic programs, heightening the odds the two parties can reach a spending agreement and avert a Jan. 20 partial government shutdown.

What to Know in Washington: House to Drop NDAA China Curbs

Congressional negotiators are poised to abandon plans to use the annual National Defense Authorization Act to tighten controls on investment in Chinese technology.

What to Know in Washington: Defense Bill Held Up Over Submarines

Negotiators of the annual defense authorization bill are running into a potential roadblock: the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services panel refuses to back the transfer of attack submarines to Australia under a trilateral security pact until Congress approves $3.4 billion in emergency funding for the American submarine industrial base.

What to Know in Washington: Aid Supplemental Unlikely Until 2024

New aid for Ukraine and Israel will be difficult to pass before the end of the year while Congress remains at odds over proposed changes to securing the southern border, House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner said.
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