I get up this morning, GLAD #Komrade45 signed COVID-19/Omnibus Bill, only to read some members of Congress are going to offer an amendment to the Caring for Americans with Supplemental Help (CASH) Act.

Is this possible?

Here comes a boring- ass, too-damn long THREAD.
Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced a bill to boost the $600 stimulus check to $2000. It will be on the floor for a vote today.

The short answer?


"How do you know that, James?"

Welp, take a look at the top of the page, where it says, "Suspension."
"Suspension of the rules" is an expedited process to consider relatively non-controversial legislation - naming post offices, technical corrections, etc. - which usually pass by voice vote. "All debate on the bill in question being completed . . .
". . . all those in favor say aye, all those opposed say nay." And that's usually it. Of course, someone sometimes asks for a recorded vote. In that case, you need a 2/3rds majority of those present and voting (around 272 votes) for final passage.
No amendments. Usually only 30 minutes of debate, meaning each side gets 15 minutes (sometimes this has been longer or shorter).

OK, so what rules are they "suspending"?
What's called "regular order."

Here's the process. A bill gets introduced, and goes to a Committee. Then it goes to a subcommittee. The subcommittee has hearings. The bill is "marked-up," a vote is held and the bill goes to full committee . . .
. . . where hearings may or may not take place. A full committee mark-up happens.



That is the nitty-gritty, intense amendment process. You literally go line-by-line through a bill and offer amendments.
Amendments are accepted and rejected, and the full Committee favorably reports the bill and it goes to the powerful House Rules Committee.


Remember when I told you there are four "A" Committees in Congress? This is one of them.
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