Friday, January 15, 2021

MixedTimes - Chad Pergram

A Capitol 'Christmas Carol'

The coronavirus/omnibus spending bill was dead to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial wasn’t signed by the president…old coronavirus/omnibus spending bill was as dead as a doornail.

After Electoral College votes, what happens next?

Today is a key day in the certification of the election of President-elect Joe Biden as electors from individual states, pledged to the candidates assemble. This is the tabulation of the Electoral College.

Mark Jan. 3 on your calendar

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.,indicates the new117th Congress is likely to begin at noon on Jan.3 – even though it falls on a Sunday. The 20th Amendment to the Constitution mandates that Congress begin at that day and time.

Congress a microcosm of America's coronavirus struggle

It is often said that Congress is a microcosm of society. That’s only amplified during coronavirus. As COVID-19 burns through the country, it’s burning through the Capitol as well.

The Capitol’s echoes are deafening

The U.S. Capitol is often an empty cavern during the pandemic. The congressional August recess, with only a few lawmakers in the building, augments the void.

House debating proxy voting: Here’s what could happen

Lawmakers in the House are poised to debate whether to allow “proxy” or “remote” voting so members don’t have to physically gather on the floor amid coronavirus social distancing.

Reporter's Notebook: Could Trump 'adjourn' Congress?

Either Congress is in or out, but it's more complex if Congress is technically on “recess” -- but meeting at three-day intervals, as required by the Constitution, in “pro forma” sessions.