Urgent: User’s Manual to the House floor on Sandy and reading the Constitution today
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Two major items on the House floor today. First, at 10 am, the House will conduct the second-ever reading of the Constitution. It will take a couple of hours. This is only the second time the House has ever done this. The last time was two years ago. We have an interview in DC and NY from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) in DC and NY. They will alternate between Democrats and Republicans.
Then, in early afternoon, the House will begin debate and vote tonight on the emergency Sandy spending bill.
This is a revamped bill, stripped of some “pork,” although both Heritage Action and Club for Growth are encouraging a no vote.
The base bill is $17 billion, coupled with a $33 billion amendment from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ, pronounced FREE-ling-high-zenn).
There is an amendment by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) to offset much of the $17 billion with an across-the-board spending cut of 1.63 percent to all discretionary spending…on top of the sequester. We have good sound from the House Rules Committee, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Reps. Pete King (R-NY) and Jared Polis (D-CO, pronounced POLL-iss) in both DC and NY.
Vote will be this evening.
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill