Senate suitcase nuke option, House Oversight to subpoena to Carl Kline, Jerry...

Senate suitcase nuke option, House Oversight to subpoena to Carl Kline, Jerry Nadler vs. William Barr

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Tuesday briefing, Sept. 25, 2018, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

From Washington, DC, this is On the Hill. Doug Christian reporting.

Capitol Hill – Today, the Senate is slated to implement Senate Resolution 50 (S.Res. 50): A resolution to speed up nominations in the Senate. S.Res. 50, dubbed a “suitcase nuke option,” would reduce the post-cloture debate time for hundreds of President Donald Trump’s sub-Cabinet and district court nominees from an average of 30 hours per nominee to 2. It would also eliminate the filibuster that protects the minority party, the Democrats. The resolution was introduced on Feb. 6 by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).

Of the filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) complained from the Senate floor, “A minority of senators have used Senate procedure to systematically prevent the president of the United States from putting a full team in place.”

In other news, the House is scheduled to vote on a resolution to condemn the president’s effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, in the courts.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said of the resolution, “This week, the Trump Administration decided not only to try to destroy protections for Americans living with pre-existing conditions, but to declare all-out war on the health care of hard-working families across the country.”

In another piece of news, Elijah Cummings, (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, says he plans today to subpoena Carl Kline, the former director of personnel security at the White House, to explain why dozens of White House officials were given security clearances after they allegedly had been denied.

Looking forward, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) awaits Attorney General William Barr’s full Mueller report due today. Rep. Nadler says he would then issue a subpoena tomorrow.

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

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