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NEW: House GOP mulls term limits for all chairs and ranking members
BY JOHN BRESNAHAN, ANNA PALMER, JAKE SHERMAN AND HEATHER CAYGLE
WITH MAX COHEN AND CHRISTIAN HALL
Happy Monday morning. The afternoon and evening editions are taking a hiatus for this week. We’ll be out every morning, and we’re back with three editions per day on Monday, April 25.
We have some news for you this morning. If House Republicans take the majority, they are considering imposing term limits for committee chairs and ranking members as part of the chamber’s rules package for the 118th Congress.
Republicans limit their own members to three consecutive terms atop any committee. Democrats, however, don’t have any term limits. Such a move by Republicans if they take the majority would drastically alter the makeup of the House.
For example, under this plan in a GOP majority, the following Democrats would be barred from serving as ranking member:
→ Rep. Maxine Waters of California has been the top Democrat on Financial Services since 2013.
→ Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi has been the top Democrat on Homeland Security since 2005.
→ Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey has been the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce since 2015.
→ Rep. Adam Smith of Washington State has been the top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee since 2011.
→ Rep. Nydia Velázquez of New York, who has been the top Democrat on the Small Business Committee since 1998.
Reps. Jerry Nadler of New York and Richie Neal of Massachusetts are currently in their third terms as the top Democrats on their respective panels. Under this new GOP proposal, they wouldn’t be eligible for a fourth. Several other Democrats who would be impacted by this rule are retiring, such as Reps. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas).
This potential move by Republicans would have a seismic impact on the House and would be a huge breach of tradition. For decades, the two parties have set their own internal rules to decide who sits on committees and for how long. Republicans have had term limits in place since 1994, Democrats currently don’t have any such regulations.
Yet Democrats altered this dynamic by kicking Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) off her committees in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection over her violent comments aimed at Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) was censured and removed from his committee assignments after posting an animated video where his character killed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and threatened President Joe Biden.
Republicans, including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, have warned that Democrats would pay for such moves if the GOP took over, with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and others booted from their current panels.
Any GOP term limits plan would also be a huge blow to the seniority system, a bedrock of internal House politics.
The seniority system in the House and the question of term limits has always been a point of controversy for senior Democrats, especially for the Congressional Black Caucus and other minority caucuses. The seniority system is seen as an especially powerful tool for minority lawmakers, giving them access to committee gavels or ranking members posts. Nine current Democratic committee chairs are minority lawmakers, a sign of how important seniority is to Democrats.
Democrats had term limits in place when they took over the House following the 2006 elections, but then eliminated them. Democrats debated instituting term limits for all of their leaders and committee chairs in 2018, although it didn’t happen.
Ultimately Speaker Nancy Pelosi cut a deal to limit her speakership to four more years, with this being the last term. But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn pushed back hard on any effort to put a cap on their leadership careers.
“She’s not negotiating for me,” Hoyer said at the time. “Is anybody confused? I am not for term limits. I … am … not … for … term … limits.”
But there’s already been grumblings within the caucus that if Republicans were to win back the House, the Democrats atop certain committees would need to be replaced if the party is going to effectively defend the Biden administration against GOP attacks.
One Democrat told us Republicans would be doing Democrats a favor if they injected some fresh blood into their upper ranks.
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Alibaba is partnering with thousands of American companies of all sizes to expand their growth in China. Our ability to connect U.S. businesses with over 900 million consumers in China is truly unique—making Alibaba a powerful growth engine for U.S. businesses.
In fact, U.S. businesses made sales of over $61 billion across Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms last year alone.
→ Behold the second ad from Rep. Tim Ryan in his run for the Democratic nomination for Senate in Ohio. The first one was about China – and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Ryan should’ve considered running a biographical spot. Well, Sen. Brown, he didn’t listen to you here, either. Ryan has a new spot talking in a gym about inflation, cracking down on China, lowering costs, fixing supply chains and a “real tax cut” for workers. “We can’t afford to be Democrats and Republicans right now, we have to be Americans first.”
The spot is running in Columbus.
→ Well, he doesn’t have Donald Trump’s endorsement, but Josh Mandel has a new spot with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who urges Ohio voters to send the former Buckeye State treasurer to the Senate. Mandel is seeking the GOP nomination for the Ohio Senate seat. The spot is running statewide.
→ Not endorsed by Trump? No problem for Dave McCormick. He’s running a new statewide ad in his campaign for the GOP nomination in the Pennsylvania Senate race that ends with people holding up Trump flags. A reminder: Trump endorsed Mehmet Oz in his campaign for Senate.
→ Kanye West’s bizarre 2020 campaign for president still has $392,173 in the bank.
→ Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has $37 million in the bank and no significant primary challengers.
→ Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone Group, the private equity giant, gave the Congressional Leadership Fund – the House GOP super PAC – $10 million, according to their first-quarter filing. Ken Griffin, the hedge fund manager, gave $7.5 million; he has given $18.5 million this cycle. Billionaire investor Charles Schwab gave $1.5 million. Chevron and investor Paul Singer gave $1 million each.
→ Schwarzman also gave the Senate Leadership Fund – the Senate GOP leadership-aligned super PAC – $10 million, as well. Billionaire Rupert Murdoch gave $2 million. Griffin gave $5 million.
→ The Nord Stream 2 pipeline spent $1.2 million lobbying the government in the first quarter of 2022. You’ll recall that President Joe Biden put sanctions on the Russia-to-Germany pipeline this year, in the wake of the war in Ukraine.
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Thousands of U.S. companies, like Antica Farmacista, are partnering with Alibaba to grow their businesses and succeed in China.
All times eastern
10:15 a.m.: President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.
12:05 p.m.: Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff will leave D.C. for Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.
1:45 p.m.: Biden will get his daily intelligence briefing.
4 p.m.: Jen Psaki will brief.
6:15 p.m.: Harris will get a briefing on Space Force.
7:30 p.m.: Harris will meet with service members.
8:15 p.m.: Harris will speak about “ongoing work to establish norms for space.”
8:55 p.m.: Harris will leave for L.A.
11:10 p.m.: Harris will speak at a DNC fundraiser in L.A.
Biden’s week: Tuesday: Biden will travel to Portsmouth, N.H., to talk about the bipartisan infrastructure law. Wednesday: Biden will meet with the Defense secretary, the deputy secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the combatant commanders in the Cabinet Room. He will also host a dinner for them.
Thursday: Biden will travel to Portland, Ore. Friday: Biden will travel to Seattle.
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American businesses are using Alibaba to drive sales in China.
→ “Russian forces fire 5 missiles at Lviv in an early morning raid,” by Jane Arraf and Austin Ramzy
→ Elizabeth Warren: “Democrats Can Avoid Disaster in November”
→ “Yemen’s Houthis Went From Ragtag Militia to Force Threatening Gulf Powers,” by Ben Hubbard in Beirut
→ “Rick Scott became the Senate GOP’s election general, then went to war,” by Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey
→ “Lethal darts were fired into a Ukrainian neighborhood by the thousands,” by Alex Horton in Bucha, Ukraine
→ “Small Businesses Object to Clawback of Covid-19 Aid,” by Amara Omeokwe, Anne Steele and Natalie Andrews
→ “McConnell-tied super PAC makes early $141M play for the Senate,” by Burgess Everett
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Ocean Spray, Stride Rite, Fender, and Bissell. These are just a few of the American companies partnering with Alibaba to drive business growth in China. Our ability to connect these companies—and thousands more like them—to almost one billion consumers in China makes us a powerful growth engine for U.S. businesses.
And it’s not just big companies. Emily’s Chocolates, Antica Farmacista, Nuria Beauty, and other U.S. small businesses also use Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms to enter the Chinese marketplace and increase sales.
In fact, last year, U.S. businesses made sales of over $61 billion while working with Alibaba. That’s $61 billion in sales in 2021 alone!
Editorial photos provided by Getty Images. Political ads courtesy of AdImpact.
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