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Politics Democrats' December dread builds after defense stumble

02:25  30 november  2021
02:25  30 november  2021 Source:   politico.com

Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Senate punts on defense bill

  Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Senate punts on defense bill It's Friday, welcome to Overnight Defense & National Security, your nightly guide to the latest developments at the Pentagon, on Capitol Hill and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.The Senate punted consideration of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) until after Thanksgiving.We'll dive deeper into that, plus Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) calling for a probe into the 2019 Syrian airstrike that killed dozens of civilians.For The Hill, I'm Jordan Williams. Write to me with tips at jwilliams@thehill.com.Let's get to it.Senate to consider bill after Thanksgiving © Provided by The Hill Majority Leader C Schumer (D-N.Y.

Senate Democrats ’ daunting year-end agenda started off with a face plant on a routine, popular defense bill. That was supposed to be the easy part. Senate Republicans’ Monday blockade of the annual defense legislation over lack of amendment votes presaged a bitingly difficult December for Democrats ’ slim Senate majority. Top of mind is clinching President Joe Biden’s .7 trillion spending package, which can pass with only Democratic votes and is expected to move after the routine defense bill. Simultaneously, the House and Senate need to fund the government past Friday and

Democrats in both chambers – and Republicans in the Senate – broadly supported the last continuing resolution in September and are expected to do so again. There could be some political grandstanding, however, like when "Squad" members in the House blocked Iron Dome missile funding for Israel in the last The debt ceiling battle has the highest stakes of any issue Congress faces in December , as a debt default would likely lead to catastrophic economic consequences. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that the government has the money to cover its expenses until Dec . 15. It is possible she may be

Senate Democrats’ daunting year-end agenda started off with a face plant on a routine, popular defense bill. That was supposed to be the easy part.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants to advance the party-line social and climate spending legislation before Christmas. © Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants to advance the party-line social and climate spending legislation before Christmas.

Senate Republicans’ Monday blockade of the annual defense legislation over lack of amendment votes presaged a bitingly difficult December for Democrats’ slim Senate majority. Top of mind is clinching President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion spending package, which can pass with only Democratic votes and is expected to move after the routine defense bill. Simultaneously, the House and Senate need to fund the government past Friday and raise the debt ceiling in the coming weeks.

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It's shockingly normal. People build up the defense to this huge moment, when really it's just a minor coda on a long and draining process. Plus it's really not the "end" people think it is, as you're now starting the next step of the process (applying for jobs, converting the diss into something publishable, etc.) So, I'm filling out the diversity questionnaire as part of the application process and there's the dreaded question: "do you declare or have a recorded history of a disability?" So, now I have to ask— What.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wants to advance the party-line social and climate spending legislation before Christmas, but he needs total unity among his 50 Democrats to move forward. Holdout Sen. Joe Manchin was noncommittal on Monday evening about bringing the bill to the floor; he’ll have to vote to proceed to the legislation before he and other senators can move to amend it.

The West Virginia Democrat said he spent Monday afternoon reviewing the package and again raised concerns about how spending more money might affect inflation. He said that and the new coronavirus variant are among the concerns that should give Congress “cause to pause.”

“I heard an awful lot over the Thanksgiving break that prices were high and people were very much upset about that and concerned about: Is inflation going to get worse?” Manchin said.

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After 1985, the Democratic Leadership Council, spearheaded by Clinton, maintained its southeastern emphasis on post-industrial finance and the Research Triangle Park, but canvassed and met with potential "Atari Democrat " campaign donors in the West and the Northeast. The Defense of Marriage Act that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages (ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013). The Religious Freedom Restoration Act federal religious discrimination statute.

An Illinois Democrat has received pushback after portraying the tragic deaths in Waukesha, Wisconsin as a form of “karma” against the state for Kyle Rittenhouse’s ‘not guilty’ verdict. “The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children,” Mary Lemanski, then-social media director for the Democratic Party in Illinois, tweeted after an SUV was The remarks echoed Rittenhouse’s explanation that he shot and killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum in August 2020 in self- defense , claiming he was present during a protest-turned-riot to offer people help.

A few minutes later, after leaving a late afternoon leadership meeting with Schumer and his lieutenants, Manchin surmised: “It’s going to be a long month.”

December is indeed looking climactic for Biden and the Democratic controlled Congress. The huge spending bill with big expansions of childcare, education and climate action appears close to an inflection point in the evenly divided Senate, while leaders discuss how to take a default off the table. Meanwhile, Schumer’s prior decision to delay consideration of the annual defense legislation until November is testing bipartisan cooperation even as Democrats plunge ahead on their party-line spending proposal.

“It’s overwhelming. It’s uncertain. But my sense is there’s no forcing mechanism like the end of the year. I’d rather have these deadlines approaching for Dec. 31 than May 31,” said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

Russia, China sign roadmap for closer military cooperation

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The best part of the defence is after the committee is done conferring they call you back into the room and say "Congratulations Dr. Dogandcatinlove." The PhD is granted when you finish all the requirements of the program, not when you walk across the stage. I'm also jealous because some of my friends picked a trade (massage lift building agricultural science), studied for a year, and now they have a job and a nice paycheck. I'm getting anxious for it to be my turn. I think I made a mistake falling in love with chemistry.

Centrist Democrats , or New Democrats , are an ideologically centrist faction within the Democratic Party that emerged after the victory of Republican George H. W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election. They are an economically liberal and "Third Way" faction which dominated the party for around 20 years starting in the late 1980s after the United States populace turned much further to the political right. Into the 1980s, the Democratic Party had a conservative element, mostly from the South and Border regions. Their numbers declined sharply as the Republican Party built up its Southern base.

Murphy, like many senators in both parties, said that the defense bill would ultimately pass given its history of succeeding annually for 60 years — it’s one of the few things Congress actually does reliably. Yet Democrats said that the hiccup on Monday is part of the GOP’s coordinated strategy of mucking matters up as Biden’s approval sinks.

Summing up the GOP strategy, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va) said: “You can never say there's a bottom and they won't go lower.”

“It’s about a general effort to obstruct anything that’s going on, with the hope that will reflect poorly on Joe Biden,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

Still, despite the delay on the defense bill, Democrats aren’t quite ready to bring the social and climate bill to the floor as they and Republicans debate with the Senate parliamentarian on whether the House-passed bill can survive the Senate’s rules. On the most immediate chopping block are a new immigration provision, which must directly affect the budget in order to stay in, and federal paid leave, which Manchin opposes including in the reconciliation bill.

Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats

  Japan PM vows to step up defense amid China, NK threats TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, at his first troop review Saturday, renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability, and vowed to create a stronger Self-Defense Force to protect the country amid growing threats from China and North Korea. Kishida said the security situation around Japan is rapidly changing and that “the reality is severer than ever,” with North Korea continuing to test-fire ballistic missiles while advancing its capability, and China pursuing a military buildup and increasingly assertive activity in the region.

At the same time, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell senses leverage. He rallied his members to block a vote on the defense policy legislation, accusing Schumer of “poor planning” and adhering to “political timetables.” Schumer blamed the hold-up on “Republican dysfunction” after the Senate GOP rejected a proposed deal on amendment votes two weeks ago.

“It’s incompetence of managing the bill,” shot back Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). “We can get it done this week. They don’t have their act together on reconciliation yet, so it’s not to delay that.”

Even as they levied a war of words Monday, Schumer and McConnell are quietly coordinating on raising the debt ceiling. Schumer has long resisted McConnell’s demand that Democrats raise the debt ceiling unilaterally through the arcane budget reconciliation process, which would prompt at least one additional marathon voting session on amendments, known as a vote-a-rama.

But Manchin, the key swing vote, said Democrats will probably need to pursue that avenue — provided Republicans don’t make the process as painful as possible.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that we take care of the debt ceiling. And Democrats are now in control, so we want to make sure we do it and do it right,” Manchin said.

Schumer and McConnell met earlier in November, and Manchin said the two leaders were still negotiating. Yet at the moment, McConnell and Schumer are revealing little about their negotiations on the debt limit, leaving their respective caucus members guessing about how Congress could avoid the looming potential of a debt default.

When asked about the path forward following a weekly leadership meeting, Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) replied: “That’s been held close to the vest by the leader.”

Lest anyone think McConnell might again provide GOP votes to advance a debt limit increase as he did in October, Thune was more firm: “All I can tell you is the Democrats are going to have to deliver the votes."

Congress has several must-give packages to deliver by Christmas .
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Congress has plenty to do by Christmas. This includes passaging a Band-Aid bill to avert a government shutdown by this weekend and approving the annual defense policy bill. That’s on the floor this week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., believed the Senate could complete that this week. The House approved its version of the measure weeks ago. But the defense bill doesn’t absolutely have to be done at the end of this week. It could slide, if necessary.

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