Politico: “Not every Republican learned Todd Akin’s lesson from 2012 – and Democrats noticed. This week alone: Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed sexual assaults in the military on hormones, conservative pundit Erick Erickson credited biology for male dominance in society and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said working moms are making kids fail in school.”
Deal or no deal? Roll Call: “A bipartisan group of House lawmakers has come to an agreement on immigration overhaul legislation, but one key Republican member will not sign off on it and will write his own proposal instead.”
Said Labrador (R-ID): “I am actually not going to be a member of the group anymore,” he said. “I’m just going to move on and work with other members of the House Judiciary Committee to try to craft legislation that can actually … pass the Judiciary Committee and pass the House. … We just couldn’t agree on the health-care language and I think we’ve been going around in circles on the health-care language for a long time.”
“From pre-kindergarten to No Child Left Behind, from broadband-wired schools to college loans, students in every age group are suddenly finding the spotlight on Capitol Hill,” AP writes. “After months of relative neglect, education issues are getting the attention of lawmakers from both parties — as well as President Barack Obama — just as the school year is ending and, for many college students, the cost of education is about to go up.”
Hostage takers… “If Harry Reid goes nuclear, Senate Republicans plan to make the fight personal—and their first target will be the man sitting atop the still-controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” National Journal writes. “Democrats are eyeing the so-called nuclear option to blow up Senate rules that allow Republicans to block the confirmation of President Obama’s nominees. And should Reid try to neuter the opposition, Republicans plan to make life miserable for the nominees, starting with Richard Cordray, the man installed at CFPB.”
Politico: “Shortly after Darrell Issa dubbed Jay Carney a “paid liar” on CNN last Sunday, House Republican leadership staffers called the California Republican’s aides with a message: Cool it. Issa’s aides promptly responded: The remark was over the top, they agreed, according to sources familiar with the interaction.”
On Friday, John Dingell (D-MI) becomes the longest-serving member of Congress in history. Norm Ornstein reflects on Dingell’s tenure and notes that Congress could use a few more like him.
Per NBC’s Carrie Dann, foes of the immigration bill are continuing their onslaught against what they call inadequate security measures in the Senate immigration bill. They say that even the proposed border security fixes being promoted by pro-reform Republicans are still not enough to defend against public safety threats. Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) office circulated a letter late Tuesday from the head of a union representing Customs and Immigrations Services employees arguing that the Senate bill would result in a massive casework backlog.
“Even if you completely rewrote your proposal to resolve the many border security concerns and changed the ordering to delay legalization, the legislation would still fail—and would still endanger the public—because of the fatally flawed interior enforcement component,” wrote union head Kenneth Palinkas, who announced his organization’s opposition to the bill last month.