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Strikes bill passed the House, not guaranteed to pass the Senate

Alexander Seminger, 12-1, 22, The Hill, The Hill’s Morning Report — House acts to avert rail strike; Biden urges swift Senate vote

The House moved with speed on Wednesday to avert a rail strike that lawmakers fear could wreck the economy, choosing instead to intervene and impose an accord on freight rail companies and union workers (The Hill).

The measures face headwinds in the Senate today, where Republicans are reluctant to intervene before a possible Dec. 9 walkout by rail workers, despite President Biden’s entreaties to help keep freight rail moving during the holiday season, The Hill’s Alexander Bolton reports. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he will hold up the bill unless he gets a roll call vote on giving workers seven guaranteed sick days and other senators could make their own demands, delaying the legislation. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters this week that he is willing to fast-track the House-passed measure, but some of his GOP colleagues are opposed.

Omnibus bill now

Ryan Lizza, 11-30, 22, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2022/11/30/the-hills-big-choice-omnibus-or-struggle-bus-00071313, POLITICO Playbook: The Hill's big choice: Omnibus or struggle bus?

OMNIBUS UPDATE — The four congressional leaders spent over an hour with President JOE BIDEN in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday, and when they emerged from the White House and spoke to reporters, something unusual happened: They all agreed. What they agreed on was something that appeared awfully iffy earlier this week: that the lame-duck Congress should negotiate and pass an omnibus appropriations bill in the coming weeks.

Need 10 Republicans for an omnibus, key to the military

Ryan Lizza, 11-30, 22, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2022/11/30/the-hills-big-choice-omnibus-or-struggle-bus-00071313, POLITICO Playbook: The Hill's big choice: Omnibus or struggle bus?

McConnell: The Senate Republican leader, who will have to round up ten GOP votes for any bill, told reporters “there’s widespread agreement that we’d be better off with an omnibus than a CR” after the White House meeting.

That reflects (1) his view that the Pentagon can’t suffer through a yearlong CR, (2) his understanding that many in his party have priorities they want funded — veterans, law enforcement, health research, agriculture, etc. — and (3) pressure from business lobbies that want a vehicle that can carry other goodies, including extensions of expiring tax policies.

McConnell also knows that if he reaches a deal this month, then outgoing Speaker NANCY PELOSI can be trusted to push it through the House. Can the same be said about McCarthy in January? As one GOP senator told POLITICO this week, “Nobody wants to hand Kevin McCarthy a grenade with the pin already pulled.”

But McConnell has a price for his cooperation: He is insisting that defense spending receive a bigger boost than nondefense spending. Generally, in the past decade, omnibus deals have followed a bipartisan rule of parity: Both categories get bumped up at the same rate. But Republicans argue that the Democrats have already gone on a nondefense spending spree via their three big domestic policy bills and that the year-end deal has to be weighted toward the Pentagon.

Omnibus not inevitable

Ryan Lizza, 11-30, 22, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2022/11/30/the-hills-big-choice-omnibus-or-struggle-bus-00071313, POLITICO Playbook: The Hill's big choice: Omnibus or struggle bus?

Schumer was cautiously optimistic yesterday but noted that an omnibus was far from “a done deal.”

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