And in doing so?
The House Democrats WOULD be enablers…..
This would be a YUGE ‘No…No’ from the House Republican RightWingNuts who might resort to keeping the House shutdown anyway they can…..
They do NOT CARE if their Government is crippled …
It’s about them in the Trump Era…..
The idea of empowering acting Speaker Patrick McHenry to temporarily move legislation is gaining traction in the Democratic Caucus.
Maine Rep. Jared Golden is now openly calling to increase McHenry’s powers, at least to avoid a government shutdown. In an interview with us, the centrist Democrat said he supports allowing McHenry to move bills on a temporary basis, even without a specific promise from GOP leaders.
He argued his party doesn’t need “much leverage” in return for greenlighting McHenry — either Republicans use the power to attempt to pursue a partisan agenda, or they put up bills that they know Democrats will help support and turn into law. That includes a vote on aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, as well as a funding stopgap ahead of the Nov. 17 deadline.
“It seems like a pretty straightforward vote for me, without preconditions or concerns about whether or not they would act in good faith,” Golden said. If the Republicans did act in “bad faith,” he said they’d only be breaking the trust of the country. “They would be held over a barrel that the country is holding.”
Other Democrats have indicated they support the idea, though they’re still pushing for a deal with Republicans in exchange for votes. Exact support is difficult to gauge, since they don’t have a concrete proposal yet.
“We have not had that conversation in caucus. If there’s a real proposal in front of us, we’ll have to reconvene and have that conversation,” Jeffries said Wednesday after a caucus meeting. Democrats are expected to stay united behind Jeffries for as many votes as necessary on the House floor….
Conservatives are already trying to slam the brakes. They don’t want anyone in their party working with Democrats.
One Freedom Caucus member, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said if Republican centrists move to empower McHenry with Democratic help, conservatives would stop voting in favor of rules — essentially meaning they would block all legislation on the floor….