New Lame Duck, Same Lame Congress: Congressional Hits and Misses
Week of Nov. 12, 2018

It’s a new day on Capitol Hill with the 2018 elections finally (mostly) in the past. Incoming members from across the country poured into D.C. this week for their first glimpse of their new jobs, while leadership elections began and incumbents returned to the House and Senate floors following a month of recess. See the video for Sen. Charles E. Grassley feeling shy, Rep. Liz Cheney talking about advice from her former vice-president father and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse deconstructing a Senate desk.

Cruz: Senate Umpire Works for Us

Cruz speaks to reporters. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:54 p.m. | GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz signaled the Senate parliamentarian should be ousted or ignored if a full repeal of Obamacare is deemed to violate budget rules.  

The budget reconciliation rules allow legislation through the Senate without the customary filibuster threats and need for 60 votes, but impose severe restrictions on content not related to budgeting, under a rule named for former Sen. Robert C. Byrd. "At the end of the day, the Senate parliamentarian is an employee of the Senate. Virtually every Republican campaigned promising full repeal," Cruz said Thursday. "And a great many promised explicitly full repeal on reconciliation, and we should do exactly what we said we would do."