THE MID-JULY RUSH HAS ARRIVED — Congress is passing legislation and holding blockbuster hearings this week ahead of a veritable sprint to the finish before the August recess.

Money in motion: The House is set to tackle its first round of spending bills for fiscal year 2023 this week, with the goal of eliminating the 12 before the August recess. The first measure on file combines spending measures for agriculture, energy-water, transportation-HUD, interior-environment, financial services, and military construction-VA and is under review today. today within the framework of the rules of procedure. More than 600 amendments have been tabled. Keep in mind: House and Senate appropriations officials have yet to reach a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on fiscal year 2023 funding, which means House spending levels as written are not blocked.

Betting on guns: The House Judiciary takes an assault weapons ban from Rep. David Cicilline (DR.I.) on Tuesday, a proposal that hasn’t been seriously considered in decades. Ground action is expected before August, but the proposal is doomed to the Senate. On Wednesday, House Oversight invited executives from gunmakers Daniel Defense, Surm, Ruger & Company, Inc. and Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. to testify alongside anti-gun violence groups.

Competition complication: The Senate could pass a streamlined computer chip production legislation bill as early as Tuesday. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) told senators they could expect to move forward with $52 billion in initial funding for chip factories, as well as a tax credit for ongoing semiconductor production. But the narrow bill would mean the likely end of formal talks on a broader bill aimed at bolstering US competitiveness with China.

TODAY IS THE DAY – The biggest expansion of labor rights for Capitol Hill employees in nearly three decades takes effect today: House staff are now protected from retaliation or dismissal if they choose to organize a union.

Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.), who sponsored the House resolution to activate these rights, spoke to your host Huddle last week about what he expects to see starting today:

“I’m not going to upstage the workers because it’s their story, not mine…I believe we’ll see a group of workers organize and demand recognition and go through that process,” starting today today. “Every time they do that, I stand behind them and cheer them on,” he said.

Stay tuned: Your Huddle host expects to see announcements starting today that offices are seeking recognition and starting the process with management and the Congressional Labor Rights Office to seek a union contract. We hear up to eight offices could file today, we expect Levin to be among the early movers. We’ll see if the offices that take the plunge this week inspire a cascade of others. The Congressional Workers’ Union, a group that helps eligible staff organize their teams, said it has been in contact with more than 100 offices about possible unionization.

HELLO! Welcome to Huddle, the in-depth guide to all things Capitol Hill, this Monday, July 18, where they go run the union.

CAN YOU SPELL MURKOWSKI WITHOUT DEMS?“She never won easily,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said of fellow GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). And that’s an understatement.

Lisa Murkowski overruled a Tea Party primary challenger a dozen years ago and before that lost a primary, but taught enough people in The Last Frontier how to spell Murkowski to win a write-in campaign. This time, his vote to impeach President Donald Trump sparked a Trump-backed primary challenge from Kelly Tshibaka.

Democrats on Capitol Hill are coming out of the woodwork to support Murkowski and she hopes to see the same from Dems in Alaska in the state’s new open primary system and in the first four and runoff rounds of the general election.

Cornyn noted that as a Republican with a centrist and leftist coalition, her approach “wouldn’t work in other parts of the country, but I think it works for her.” (Aka: Don’t try this in Texas.)

Murkowski described his coalition as “broad … my supporters have always been kind of Alaskan from all walks of life: Republican, Democrat, independent, unaffiliated,” in a recent interview with Burgess. Read more about Democrats from Murkowski, from Burgess this morning: Democrats for Murkowski: Alaska Republican counts her fans across the aisle

RELATED: Murkowski retains big cash advantage in U.S. Senate race in Alaskaby Iris Samuels at The Anchorage Daily News

MEANWHILE IN WYOMING… The primary system works differently, but Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) is another Republican banking on Democratic support. That means teaching Dems how to register as Republicans on GOTV in the primary. More from Casper Star Tribune: For Democrats in Wyoming, voting for Cheney is another chance to vote against Trump

187 MINUTES — Jan. 6 investigators are giving the Secret Service until Tuesday to turn over documents related to the deleted Jan. 5-6, 2021 text messages and several panel members said over the weekend that they expected the agency complies. The panel has a prime-time hearing this week on Thursday, focused on what it called the crucial “187 minutes” – the time it took former President Donald Trump to urge his supporters to quit. the Capitol after the attack began. .

RELATED:Trump criminal probe could complicate Jan. 6 casesby Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney

FEELING FOLDI — A Gen Z conservative is courting big GOP supporters, including Donald Trump Jr., Mike Pompeo and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, in his bid to oust Democrat David Trone from his western Maryland seat. Sarah dives ahead of Tuesday’s primary: National GOP endorsements poured in for a 25-year-old. It may not matter.

A PARLIAMENTARY HAS PASSEDFormer House member John Sullivan died on Friday. He served eight years as a House Member of Parliament and 25 years in the office of Member of Parliament. He had a reputation for interpreting precedent and rules fairly and received glowing farewell speeches from then-President John Bohner (R-Ohio) and current President Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at his retired in 2012. But let it be known: He was also a prolific (and almost always okay) Huddle Trivia player. Your Huddle Host will miss their emails.

THE PERSONNEL START THE FIREAmong those expressing dismay and displeasure at Sen. Joe Manchin’s (DW.Va.) preference to eliminate climate and tax proposals in the climate, tax and prescription drug bill planned by the Democrats include the more than 1,100 employees represented by the Congressional Progressive Staff Association. .

“For our members, many of whom are young people who will bear the brunt of climate change, the fight to pass legislation that averts climate catastrophe cannot end this way. We know full well there are political solutions to climate change – we help write them – but time and time again they are overlooked, downplayed and abandoned. Now Senator Manchin is threatening to dump climate policy entirely from this Congress,” writes CPSA in a statement this weekend.

123, eyes on me… Rep. Kat Cammack (R-Fla.) helps design a fake eye for Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). She says she plans to put an alligator in it, a nod to the University of Florida mascot. eye as a surprise.


Justice Jackson, a former law clerk, returns to a transformed Supreme Courtby Adam Liptak at the New York Times

'At the tip of the spear' for GOP: Rep. Michelle Fischbach counters Democrats' agenda","link":{"target":"NEW","attributes":[],"url":"","_id":"00000182-1210-d4b0-adfb-d37769b00002","_type":"33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df"},"_id":"00000182-1210-d4b0-adfb-d37769b00003","_type":"02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266"}" rel="noopener">‘At the tip of the spear’ for the GOP: Representative Michelle Fischbach against the Democrats’ agendaby Hunter Woodall at the Star Tribune

The right-wing Think Tank Family Research Council is now a church in the eyes of the IRSby ProPublica


mike inacay adds deputy chief of staff to his title in the office of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), alongside his role as director of communications.

Regina Brennan begins today as the legislative correspondent for judicial matters in the office of Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.). She replaces the legislative assistant Sara Paige Silvestro, who is heading to law school. Brennan was previously a staff assistant and intern at the office.


The House meets at noon for the morning hour and at 2 p.m. for legislative business.

The Senate meeting at 3 p.m.


1 p.m. The House Rules Committee is meeting to consider two bills, including a six-package minibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2023 and a bill that would protect a person’s ability to access contraceptives and to practice contraception, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide contraceptives and birth control. (Capitol H-313.)

2 p.m. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) hold a Judiciary Act press conference (Home Triangle).

6:30 p.m. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) holds a pen-and-notepad session with the press on climate change “in light of recent news from Sen. Manchin” (Senate Daily Press).

FRIDAY WINNER:Joe Bookman correctly answered that in 1998, Heather Wilson (RN.M.) became the first female U.S. Armed Forces veteran elected to Congress. She served in the Air Force from 1978 to 1989.

THE QUESTION OF THE DAY : In what year did the Speaker of the House begin to appoint parliamentarians?

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