ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

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By Marian Currinder

Katherine Tully-McManus, “House Appropriators Vote to End Perk for Former Speakers,” Roll Call:

“The House Appropriations Committee advanced its $3.8 billion fiscal 2019 Legislative Branch spending bill to the floor Tuesday, after adopting an amendment to eliminate funding for a Capitol Hill office perk for former speakers.”

David Hawkings, “How Ryan and Pelosi Are Kicking Themselves to the Curb (Sort Of),” Roll Call:

“The House Appropriations Committee was planning to pare back the duration of the benefits to one year, but they voted to do away with them altogether Tuesday after both Ryan and Pelosi signaled that would be fine by them.”

Al Weaver, “David Perdue renews push for Senate to work through August recess,” Washington Examiner:

“Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., called Tuesday for the Senate to cancel the August recess so the chamber can remain in session to confirm nominees and pass legislation.”

Dara Lind, “Paul Ryan is facing an immigration challenge – from his own party’s moderates,” Vox:

“They need 219 signatures, which means they’d need to get not only every Democrat on board but also more than two dozen Republicans. But that might not be as much of a long shot as it seems. In March, the “queen of the hill” plan’s backers said they had 240 members in favor. The question now is whether enough of them are willing to not just say they support the plan but actually use some muscle to force Ryan to put it into action.”

Gregory Koger, “The underlying problem with Congress is deciding how to allocate their time,” Vox:

“Legislative chambers face a problem known as a tragedy of the commons: Individual demands on a common resource exceed the supply. Each chamber has developed a system to manage its chamber time that is subject to exploitation and needs to develop a new way to operate.”

Alex Gangitano, “New York Democrat Jokes He May Sleep in DC Homeless Shelter,” Roll Call:

“Rep. Brian Higgins said he can’t afford housing in Washington and joked that a homeless shelter could be an option for him.”

Noah Feldman, “Why Does the House Even Have a Chaplain? Tradition,” Bloomberg:

“If this arrangement were being set up today, it would almost certainly be held unconstitutional under contemporary judicial interpretation of the First Amendment.”

Jim Geraghty, “Ted Cruz’s Four Ways to Work Around a Filibuster,” National Review:

“Shortly after his speech to the NRA’s annual meeting Friday, Texas senator Ted Cruz took a few moments to speak to National Review about what Republicans can get done in the remainder of the year, and the options they have for working around the filibuster efforts of Senate Democrats.”

David Weigel, “Pelosi on Democratic candidates who denounce her: ‘Just win, baby,’” Washington Post:

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday morning that she wouldn’t object if the party’s swing-district candidates ran against her, as Republicans continued to make her the focus of millions of dollars in attack ads and messaging.”

Kate Ackley, “Few Retiring Lawmakers Disclose Plans to Lobby,” Roll Call:

“On the cusp of a potentially historic wave of congressional retirements, few public records offer clues about which lawmakers have entered negotiations for lobbying and other private-sector gigs.”

Jordan Butcher and Aaron Kushner, “No, term limits won’t #DrainTheSwamp. We did the research,” Washington Post:

“Each legislature’s unique characteristics and norms can influence its lawmakers’ careers. But what we find is that, for the most part, term limits don’t replace career politicians with citizen legislators. Rather, they complicate, but do not end, public servants’ political lives.”