The House will take an unusual break from their Summer
Recess today to take up the Senate amendment to HR 5376, which is the vehicle
for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The bill will be considered under a
closed rule with a total of six hours of debate and no floor amendment. This is
the typical method of considering partisan bills like this.
The House Twitterverse yesterday made a big show of how the
Democrats stopped the Republicans from offering ‘reasonable’ amendments to the
bill. Republicans offered
160 partisan amendments to the House Rules Committee, no Democrats offered
amendments. When a bill like this is the result of prolonged and careful
negotiations in the Senate, there is no way that the House leadership is going
to allow any floor amendments to the bill that would toss the bill back into
the legislative cauldron of the Senate, not if it is a bill they want to see
There are no cybersecurity provisions in HR 5376 and none of
the amendments proposed this week contained cybersecurity provisions.
There is nothing else on today schedule, but the Leadership
may take care of some housekeeping measures before the House adjourns this
afternoon. Baring something really unusual, the House will not be back in
Washington until September.