Senate. Senators will continue to consider nominations and will join with House members on Tuesday to hear the President’s State of the Union message at 9 p.m. ET. On Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans will hold separate retreats to discuss their plans for the 118th Congress.
House. The rules package that House Republicans put forth at the beginning of the Congress provides that “the Speaker may recognize a Member for the reading of the Constitution on any legislative day through February 28, 2023.” Tuesday will be that day. The first time that the Constitution was read aloud on the House floor was in 2011; the most recent reading was on January 7, 2017, when Members took one hour and eight minutes to complete the reading. Among the bills on the legislative agenda is a measure to terminate the requirement that foreign travelers entering the U.S. show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The House will be in session until Thursday afternoon and then will recess for two weeks, until Feb. 27.
Committee Action of Note
Presidential Primaries. On Saturday, the Democratic National Committee approved a new presidential primary calendar for 2024, but there may be logistical challenges to implementing the new schedule. The new calendar calls for Democratic primaries in South Carolina on Feb. 3, in New Hampshire and Nevada on Feb. 6, in Georgia on Feb. 13, and in Michigan on Feb. 27.
Opposition from New Hampshire officials is just one of the hurdles standing in the way of implementation. A state law from the 1970s requires New Hampshire to host the first presidential primary one week before any state, and state Democrats have said they will hold their contest first regardless of the DNC’s decision. In Georgia, the Republican Secretary of State says he doesn’t plan to schedule the Democratic primary on a separate day from the Republican primary.
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