Thu May 25, 2023 AT 9:57 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise informed lawmakers on Wednesday that they can leave Washington as scheduled on Thursday for the Memorial Day weekend — but that they should be prepared to return to the Capitol to vote on legislation to raise the debt limit with 24-hours ‘notice. 

The House is scheduled to adjourn on Thursday and is not slated to return to session until June 5 — four days after the June 1 deadline set by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen for a possible default.

White House officials and GOP lawmakers have been negotiating for more than a week to reach an agreement on raising the debt limit. President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have also met at the White House to discuss the issue.

The Senate is out of session this week but is scheduled to reconvene on May 30. Read Full Story

Tue May 23, 2023 AT 10:20 AM EDT

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is batting down suggestions that Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s efforts to find a compromise debt limit deal with President Joe Biden could endanger his speakership due to conservative frustration.

“Literally nobody except the press is talking about removing McCarthy right now,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter. 

Gaetz also released a statement saying he has “no plans” to try and remove McCarthy “barring some dramatic, unexpected turn of events.” McCarthy has satisfied most of his right flank with a bill that would raise the debt ceiling into next year and implement $4.8 trillion in spending cuts. Read Full Story

Thu May 18, 2023 AT 10:08 AM EDT

Illegal immigrants convicted of assaulting a police officer could be immediately deported from the country under a new bill the House passed Wednesday.

The Protect Our Law Enforcement With Immigration Control and Enforcement Act would make it a deportable offense to assault law enforcement officers while they are conducting official business. All Republicans and 36 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, easily surpassing the 218 votes needed for passage. 

The legislation faces an uncertain future in the Senate, and the White House has come out in opposition to the bill. 

“There should be no ambiguity that assaulting a police officer is a deportable offense for non-citizens,” said Rep. Andrew Garbarino, R-N.Y., who introduced the bill. Read Full Story

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