Urgent: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Benghazi committee resolution in the House
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
The House of Representatives this afternoon will debate and vote on a resolution to establish a select committee to investigate Benghazi. Here’s how this will go down.
Around 12:30 pm et or so, the House will begin debating the “rule” which manages how the House will handle the actual Benghazi resolution later.
At this point, it is not accurate to say the House is debating the resolution itself. But they are discussing the issue at ahnd. Debate is often energetic and leads itself to live look-ins and pulling sound.
The House must first have a “rule” before it can get to the underlying resolution.
Sometime between 2 and 3 pm et, the House will vote on the rule…and depending on the end of that vote series, the House will then begin debate on the actual resolution to establish the committee.
The House will probably vote to create the committee itself sometime between 5 and 6 pm et.
The House GOPers are expected to name their members to the committee tomorrow. I would look hard at members like Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA), Tom Rooney (R-FL), George Holding (R-NC), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Mike Turner (R-OH).
The Democrats have still not committed to serving on the committee themselves…
Adding to this…*****
The House Democrats are whipping against a yea vote on this. It would not surprise me to see a unanimous vote against the creation of the committee. But that would give R’s lots of firepower to use against D’s from swing districts as not wanting to get to the bottom of Benghazi. Expect that to show up in an ad or two.
But, there could be some outliers…where some moderate to conservative Democrats…or those with tough races…the likes of Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WV), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Ron Barber (D-AZ) and others vote yes.
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