Calmes: The Jan. 6 committee did the country proud but it hasn’t changed our calcified politics in a long time.
For months, people have been talking about a grand scheme to get rid of lawmakers, but no one’s talking about it now.
Why will the committee not move at all?
“Because the committee didn’t make any decision on the bill on Jan. 6. And the bill is now on the Senate floor so I’m not sure what the Senate will do,” said a Senate Republican aide.
The aide was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
“Any move on the Senate floor has to be approved by majority leader Harry Reid, and most likely also by Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby,” the aide said.
As the Senate is not controlled by Democrats, it should be safe to assume Shelby has given his blessing for a full floor vote on bill, which will be debated on both sides today, said Shelby spokeswoman Michelle Stough.
“We are now in the process of getting additional amendments before the bill comes before a full Senate vote,” she said.
The Senate’s three committees are the Finance, Commerce and Agriculture and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, or HELP, committees.
The Finance panel has been the leading voice on the issue, with the HONP committee now in a holding pattern.
“The Finance Committee has scheduled a vote on the bill this morning to include the amendments,” said committee spokesman Jeff Curry.
“This morning marks the first time all the amendments have been debated in the HONP committee,” said committee spokesman Jeff Curry. “The Senate will continue to debate amendments on the bill.”
The committee also debated whether to attach the bill to a stopgap budget measure. It’s not clear whether that decision was made before or after the Finance committee held the vote.
The bill would create a public database with people’s criminal records and potentially change state laws on driver’s licenses and some state benefits.
It would also require more detailed background checks for people who get licenses, driver’s and commercial driver’s license renewals, public college tuition and some state-funded school lunches, among other things.
The bill had strong support from some civil liberties-minded senators but resistance from others.
The bill would require a