All 206 House Republicans voted against raising the US debt ceiling

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) talks to reporters following a classified intelligence briefing.

  • All 206 House Republicans voted against raising the debt ceiling.
  • The vote was 219-206 in the House, punting the threat of default until December of this year.
  • The bill heads to Biden’s desk and delays a showdown with GOP senators over the debt limit.

All House Republicans voted against a bill on Tuesday that allowed for a two-month debt limit hike to stave off a default on the US’s debt.

The party-line vote was 219-206 in the House. House Republicans slammed it as a step that would unlock a wave of Democratic spending in the near future.

The debt limit deals with the US’s ability to pay its bills and doesn’t authorize any fresh spending by Congress.

The bill now heads to President Joe Biden’s desk, and will delay a showdown with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – who has said that Democrats need to raise the debt ceiling on their own through reconciliation – until December.

“This is our debt. This is America’s debt,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on the House floor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out McConnell ahead of the vote, saying that he was playing, “Russian roulette with the economy.”

The US Treasury Department had warned that the US defaulting on its debt could have occurred within a week if Congress did not pass the stop-gap resolution, and sparked another recession as the economy climbed out of the pandemic.

The measure buys Congress staves off the risk of a default through early December. But a fresh political battle looms.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is drawing a line in the sand against any Republican aid to lift the debt limit. Eleven Senate Republicans paved the way for the two-month extension to clear the upper chamber last week.

“I will not be a party to any future effort to mitigate the consequences of Democratic mismanagement,” McConnell wrote in a scathing letter to Biden on Friday. “Your lieutenants on Capitol Hill now have the time they claimed they lacked to address the debt ceiling.”

McConnell argued Democrats must employ the arduous reconciliation procedure to approve a debt-limit hike unilaterally, the same demand he’s made since July. The process allows some measures to be passed with only a simple majority, shielding it from the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold in the Senate.

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AOC appeared to dunk on Kyrsten Sinema as progressives and moderates feud, saying there isn’t anything ‘maverick’ about protecting the rich

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared to take a shot at fellow Democratic lawmaker Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in a tweet on Saturday as progressives and moderates struggle to agree on key pieces of legislation.

“There really isn’t anything maverick, innovative, or renegade about being a politician that works with corporate lobbyists to protect the rich, short-shrift working families, and preserve the status quo,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, adding its one of the “most conventional ways to navigate politics.”

She didn’t mention the Arizona senator by name, but the tweet was posted hours after a report suggested Sinema wanted to be remembered as a “maverick,” like the late Arizona Sen. John McCain.

“I think she definitely would like for her legacy to be ‘the maverick’ like him,” Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, told Time magazine. “He was instinctively drawn to doing the opposite of what he was told and what people expected. She’s definitely attracted to that image.”

Many of the replies to Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet directly named or mocked Sinema. Others were retweeting it and directly tagging Sinema’s account.

Representatives for Sinema did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Sinema has refused to support President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” social spending bill, angering progressives and sparking confusion over her stance. The bill would increase taxes on the rich and corporations, expand Medicare and Medicaid, lower prescription drug prices, improve access to childcare, and more.

The bill also needs the support of every Democrat in the Senate, which is split 50-50.

Sinema drew more criticism after The New York Times reported she was hosting a political fundraiser for business lobbying groups that oppose much of the bill.

Meanwhile, House progressives refused to support Biden’s $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill this week after Speaker Nancy Pelosi decoupled it from the larger social-spending plan. Pelosi is still working to shore up support for the bill and said she expects the House to vote on it before the end of the month.

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Nancy Pelosi just bent time to make September stretch into October as she frantically tries to pass Biden’s infrastructure bill

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on August 25, 2021.

  • The House never gaveled out on Thursday night, meaning it’s technically still September 30.
  • It’s a political maneuver from Pelosi to provide cover to moderates who demanded an infrastructure bill.
  • The speaker is a shrewd veteran of DC, and her ability to bend time is just one example of that. It also shows the bind she’s in.
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It’s Friday, October 1. But there’s one place in America where September hasn’t ended – a lone holdout that chose to suspend itself in time.

In Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House of Representatives, it’s still Thursday, September 30. It’s still technically the same day Pelosi yanked a vote on President Joe Biden’s $550 billion infrastructure bill in the face of a progressive revolt.

The chamber never gaveled out on Thursday night, meaning Pelosi effectively bent time and stretched September into October so she could keep a pledge to House moderates pressing for an infrastructure vote that month.

If the House deciding to alter the fabric of time doesn’t make sense, it shouldn’t. Only in Congress can time be warped for political gain.

It underscores the bind that Pelosi is in trying to pass Biden’s agenda, and the procedural lengths she’ll go to in order to pacify a small but potent faction of her party’s moderate wing, given the three-seat margin she has to maneuver around. The moderate group rebelled in August and threatened to derail a broader $3.5 trillion budget plan aimed at providing affordable childcare, tuition-free community college, an expansion of Medicare and Medicaid, and an extension of monthly child tax credit checks.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey said Thursday he was “1,000% confident” that the vote would go ahead as scheduled, but just then progressives staged their own rebellion, digging in on their demands to approve the bipartisan bill only when the party-line social spending package had cleared the Senate.

“It ain’t over yet!” Gottheimer tweeted after Pelosi bailed on the vote. “This is just one long legislative day – we literally aren’t adjourning.”

An infrastructure vote didn’t appear to be any closer on Friday with centrists and moderates far apart on the size and scope of the social spending plan. House Democrats are expected to meet for a second time with Biden as he scrambles to salvage the bulk of economic agenda from collapse.

In the first meeting, Pelosi explained her long September by reportedly referring to Umberto Eco’s “The Island of the Day Before,” the story of a person who ended up aboard a deserted ship, isolated from the rest of civilization.

As a college professor, Eco was engrossed by the idea of semiotics, and argued books were open fields of meaning with infinite interpretations. Pelosi, with a strike of the gavel, turned the clock back to September from October – back to the Congress of the day before. For lawmakers, it’s all in the interpretation. Even what month it is.

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Lawmakers play in congressional baseball game while possible government shutdown looms

US President Joe Biden (C) watches the Congressional Baseball Game from the Republicans dugout at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on September 29, 2021. - Biden was inducted into the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this evening.
US President Joe Biden (C) watches the Congressional Baseball Game from the Republicans dugout at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on September 29, 2021. – Biden was inducted into the Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this evening.

  • Members of Congress took off to play its annual Congressional Baseball Game Wednesday night, a day before the potential government shutdown.
  • Jon Ossoff, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and several others played in the game.
  • The Republicans won the game 13-12.
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Congressional lawmakers – including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Eric Swalwell, and Jon Ossoff – participated in an annual baseball game at Nationals Park in DC a day before a potential government shutdown.

“Hopefully people will leave the politics under the Capitol dome,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries said of the game, according to Reuters.

However, Jeffries’ desire to “leave politics under the Capitol dome” appears ill-timed, as Congress faces a debt ceiling crisis and a looming shutdown.

While some politicians took part in the game, congressional deliberations around the debt ceiling continued. On Wednesday, the House passed a bill to suspend the US debt ceiling, but it is expected to go down in the Senate amid Republican objections.

“Tomorrow, the Senate will vote on legislation to prevent a needless shutdown, provide long-sought emergency funding to help Americans still reeling from natural disasters, and provide funding to help re-settle Afghan refugees,” Sen. Chuck Schumer tweeted on Wednesday night.

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has repeatedly urged Republicans not to support the Democrat-sponsored $3.5 trillion social-spending bill.

The Congressional Baseball Game has occurred annually in DC since 1909, though it was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, congressional Democrats face off against Republicans and proceeds earned go to local DC charities such as The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

The Republicans won the game 13-12. This was their first win since 2016 and 3rd win in a decade.

You can view the full team rosters here.

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Lindsey Graham told Trump that the House of Representatives is ‘just a constant shit show’: book

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi swears in new members of congress during the first session of the 117th Congress in the House Chamber at the US Capitol on January 03, 2021 in Washington, DC.
  • Sen. Graham told former President Trump that the House was “just a constant shit show.”
  • Graham remarked on the various factions within the GOP that can cause trouble for leadership.
  • Republicans want to regain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections.
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Lindsey Graham has been in the Senate for over 18 years, gaining seniority and a national profile along the way, but he truly cut his teeth as a federal lawmaker when he served in the House from 1995 to 2003.

While the House offers powerful advantages to the majority party – even when the party has nominal control – the Senate, designed to be a more deliberative body, requires much more consensus to pass sweeping bills.

In the House, it is not uncommon for the Republican Study Committee, consisting of the most conservative members, or the the Progressive Caucus, which boasts some of the most liberal members, to demand major concessions from leaders in order to pass critical legislation.

The South Carolina Republican understands the rough-and-tumble nature of the House all too well, having served as an impeachment manager during President Bill Clinton’s Senate trial in 1999. During a June conversation with former President Donald Trump, he emphasized the importance of the GOP taking back control of Congress in 2022, according to a new book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

Insider obtained an early copy of “Peril,” where at one point Graham tells the former president that if he can campaign effectively for Republican candidates and put the party over the top in Congressional races, then it would bode well for him as he looks at the 2024 presidential election.

“If we come back in 2022 and recapture the House and take back the Senate, you’ll get your fair share of credit,” the senator said, according to the book, adding: “If we don’t win in 2022, we’re screwed.”

In the House, Democrats hold a 220-212 edge over Republicans – 218 seats are needed to control the 435-seat chamber – and the GOP is within striking distance of a potential majority.

However, Graham knows how difficult it can be to keep individual groups within a caucus unified, especially for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who has limited tools to stop Democrats from passing legislation in the House.

Graham articulated just as much to Trump.

“You’ve got the Republican Study Groups. You’ve got the moderates. The House is just a constant shit show,” he said.

Graham went on to point out a raft of issues, from migration at the US-Mexico border to inflation, that he felt could be used to attack President Joe Biden in the midterm elections in advance of 2024.

“If you, as the party leader, could lead us to a 2022 victory and you came back to take the White House, it would be the biggest comeback in American history,” the senator professed, according to the book.

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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump, will not seek reelection

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Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (L) and Former President Donald Trump (R).

  • GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio announced Thursday he is not running for reelection in 2022.
  • Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment, drawing Trump’s ire.
  • Gonzalez called Trump a “cancer for the country” in an interview with The New York Times.
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Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, a Republican from Ohio, announced Thursday he would not be running for reelection in 2022.

Gonzalez, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching former President Donald Trump, said the decision was based on what was best for his family, but that the current political environment also played a role.

“While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our party, is a significant factor in my decision,” Gonzalez said in a statement.

Gonzalez, who is married with two young children, said the decision was “the best path for our family.”

Gonzalez came under fire from Trump after voting for impeachment in January after the Capitol insurrection. The former president has indicated he will play an active role in the 2022 elections to unseat Republicans who voted against him and replace them with pro-Trump candidates.

In February, Trump endorsed Gonzalez’s primary challenger, Max Miller, who worked for Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns and as a White House aide.

“Current Rep. Anthony Gonzalez should not be representing the people of the 16th District because he does not represent their interest or their heart,” Trump said in a statement at the time. “Max Miller has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

At a June rally in Wellington, Ohio, Trump again harped on Gonzalez’s decision to vote for impeachment.

“He’s a sellout, he’s a fake Republican and a disgrace to your state. He’s not the candidate that you want representing the Republican Party. … Every single Republican needs to vote him out of office,” Trump said.

In an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Gonzalez called Trump “a cancer for the country.”

He said he believed he could’ve survived the primary challenge from Miller, but that he didn’t want to be a part of the GOP if it’s going to continue centering Trump.

Gonzalez also told The Times he had an “eye-opening” moment when he and his family needed extra security from police officers at the Cleveland airport after the impeachment vote: “That’s one of those moments where you say, ‘Is this really what I want for my family when they travel, to have my wife and kids escorted through the airport?'”

Gonzalez, 36, was elected to represent Ohio’s 16th district in 2019, and will leave after serving two terms.

Trump has also endorsed a primary challenger to Rep. Liz Cheney of Ohio, another Republican who voted in favor of impeachment.

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In a bipartisan letter, 106 House members asked the FDA when children under 12 will be able to get vaccinated

Student wear facemasks as they attend their first day in school after summer vacation at the St. Lawrence Catholic School in north of Miami, on August 18, 2021.
Student wear facemasks as they attend their first day in school after summer vacation at the St. Lawrence Catholic School in north of Miami, on August 18, 2021.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics found 72,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 during the last week of July.
  • Results from Pfizer and Moderna clinical trials involving children may be delayed.
  • The number of pediatric COVID-19 cases has increased since schools reopened.
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Led by US Reps. Katie Porter and Ro Khanna, a bipartisan coalition sent a letter on August 17 to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inquiring about its plans to authorize COVID-19 vaccinations for children under the age of 12.

“The current situation is alarming for parents, whose children ages 2-11 will be in months of school without vaccinations available. After declining in early summer, pediatric cases have recently increased steadily, with almost 72,000 children testing positive in the last week of July 2021,” the letter said, citing data from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Pfizer and Moderna were asked by the FDA to increase the number of 5- to 11-year-olds participating in their vaccines’ clinical trials, which may delay results that were initially expected by September, according to the letter. The cohort of representatives requested that the FDA provide a briefing by August 27 with information on when it will receive data from the clinical trials and how long it will take to study the results.

As of August 12, the American Academy of Pediatrics found that children represented 14.4% of all reported COVID-19 cases, and the number of child COVID-19 cases is gradually increasing as schools reopen for in-person instruction.

During the first two weeks of school in Florida, Hillsborough County Public Schools, the eighth largest school district in the US, had to isolate or quarantine more than 13,485 students and employees, with more than 2,650 testing positive for COVID-19, NBC News reported.

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Congress fails to extend federal eviction moratorium – which ends after July 31 – before going on recess

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The national eviction ban ends on July 31, 2021.

  • The House of Representatives on Friday failed to extend the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium.
  • House leaders brought an extension up for a unanimous consent vote, which at least one member objected to.
  • House members left for their August recess, and the moratorium expires after tomorrow, affecting millions.
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The House of Representatives failed to pass a bill on Friday that would have extended the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium, which had been in place since September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is set to expire after Saturday, July 31, 2021.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer brought up the legislation to be voted on by unanimous consent, which was blocked by Republican members of the House.

After the bill failed, Pelosi, Hoyer, and House Majority whip Rep. James Clyburn wrote a statement expressing their disappointment.

“It is extremely disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue,” they wrote after the vote. “We strongly urge them to reconsider their opposition to helping millions of Americans and instead join with us to help renters and landlords hit hardest by the pandemic and prevent a nationwide eviction crisis.”

But others in the Democratic party were critical of their own leadership for not doing enough to extend the moratorium. The House has now entered its August recess, potentially until September 20, 2021, while the moratorium expires tomorrow night.

Rep. Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, who had introduced the extension bill and told reporters, “I just thought we should’ve fought harder.”

Pelosi emailed House Democrats early in the day asking them to support the bill, and progressive members of the Democratic Party spent Friday urging their colleagues to sign onto the bill.

“I’m urging you to please hear me out on this issue because as a formerly unhoused Congresswoman, I have been evicted three times myself,” Missouri Rep. Cori Bush wrote in a letter to her House colleagues. “…If Congress does not act now, the fallout of the eviction crisis will undoubtedly set us backwards as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravish our communities – needlessly contributing to more death and suffering.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that she and Rep. Cori Bush, “tried to object to the House adjourning session and force a roll call on whether we should leave,” claiming, “They rushed to adjourn before we could get to the floor.”

The House is scheduled to reconvene in September, pending any “significant legislation” that could call them into session sooner, which Rep. Hoyer suggested could happen after the failed vote on Friday.

The failure to extend the eviction moratorium came after the White House, at the eleventh hour, asked Congress to enact legislation pertaining to the matter, saying his administration would have “strongly supported” the decision to renew the ban but claimed to be unable to do so citing a ruling from the Supreme Court.

“In June, when CDC extended the eviction moratorium until July 31st, the Supreme Court’s ruling stated that ‘clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium past July 31,'” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

On the House floor on Friday evening, Rep. Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, asked for unanimous consent on extending the eviction moratorium before the House adjourned ahead of the deadline at the end of July. The vote failed upon one objection, and the House will reconvene next Tuesday.

“Their statement hit us totally out of the blue, nobody was expecting it,” a House Democratic aide granted anonymity to speak candidly told Insider. “Just didn’t leave enough time.”

Around 6 million Americans are at risk of getting evicted in the coming months, or 16% of all renters, per Census Pulse Survey Data, after the moratorium expires on July 31.

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A California lawmaker wants to make the 4-day week a reality for US workers

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Rep. Mark Takano of California.

  • Rep. Mark Takano introduced legislation that would reduce the standard working week to 32 hours.
  • This would lower the threshold after which eligible workers get paid for overtime.
  • Takano believes doing this will enable more workers to achieve a better standard of work life.
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On Wednesday Rep. Mark Takano of California announced he had introduced legislation designed to make the four-day workweek a reality in the US.

In a press release on his site, Takano said the goal was to reduce the number of hours in a standard workweek to 32 hours from 40 – equating to a four-day week – by lowering the maximum threshold for overtime pay.

“Many countries and businesses that have experimented with a four-day workweek found it to be an overwhelming success as productivity grew and wages increased,” said Takano, adding that reduced hours could lead to better healthcare premiums for employers and lower operational costs.

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal labor law that applies to public- and private-sector workers. It governs wage levels, rules around tipping, and regulations on child labor among others.

It is applicable in every state, but individual states can set particular requirements on areas such as termination-pay levels and premium rates on vacation or weekend pay. It also doesn’t apply to all workers: private contractors, those in the gig economy, and some domestic workers are exempt.

The bill also governs overtime payments. Currently, eligible employees must be paid 1 1/2 times their employer’s regular rate for every hour worked over 40 hours in a week.

Takano, a Democrat who represents California’s 41st District, argues that reducing this to 32 hours would enable more people to participate in the labor market at better wages.

A 32-hour workweek could align productivity improvements offered by automation with the demand for work-life balance that workers want, said Jane Oates, a Labor Department official during the Obama administration who is now the president of the nonprofit campaign WorkingNation.

“Spending more time with family, volunteering in your community, and just practicing healthier lifestyles are all higher priorities after a year of isolation during the pandemic,” she said. “It will also allow workers to use the time to further their education so that they can increase their opportunities for higher-skilled jobs.”

Takano is not the first political figure to take serious interest in reduced working hours.

While the concept is popularly framed as a 4-day workweek, the basic premise is to enable workers to reduce their hours without a cut in pay, rather than take a literal additional day off.

In March the Spanish government proposed investing 50 million euros, or $60 million, into a three-year, 32-hour week pilot. The plan was proposed by Íñigo Errejón, the leader of a left-leaning opposition party, Más País.

In 2019, John McDonnell, then a senior figure in the UK’s opposition Labour Party, said he envisaged a 32-hour working week at full pay being possible within a decade. However he did not favor a mandatory cap on hours.

The success of trials in Iceland, Japan, and New Zealand has only strengthened calls for the implementation of reduced hours. However, some experts argue that America’s corporate culture is unlikely to favor a four-day week any time soon.

Takano sits on the House Committee on Education and Labor. His bill has been endorsed by several worker union groups and is cosponsored by his fellow representatives Rashida Tlaib, Jan Schakowsky, and Chuy Garcia.

It’s in the first stage of the legislative process, having been formally introduced on Tuesday. It would need to be considered by committee, receive a majority vote in the House of Representatives, and approval from the Senate before it could pass.

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Trump aides laughed off a rumor that he would run for the House in 2022 because it’s a ‘real job’ that requires actual work, book says

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Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2021.

  • Donald Trump’s aides laughed off the idea that he’s running for House Speaker in 2022, a new book says.
  • They considered it a “real job” that requires “actual work,” according to Michael Wolff.
  • Trump himself said in June it was unlikely he’d run for office in the 2022 midterms.
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Aides working for former President Donald Trump laughed off rumors that he would run for a House of Representatives seat in 2022 and lead the impeachment of President Joe Biden, according to a new book, saying it was a “real job” that required “actual work.”

The suggestion that Trump wins a seat in the House first drew widespread attention in June. During an interview with Trump, conspiracy theorist and far-right radio host Wayne Allyn Root suggested that he run for office in the 2022 midterm elections in Florida. From there, Root suggested, Trump could lead a Republican takeover of Congress, impeach Biden, initiate criminal investigations into him, and then run for president again in 2024.

“You become the Speaker of the House, lead the impeachment of Biden and start criminal investigations against Biden,” Root said. “You’ll wipe him out for this last two years.”

Trump called the idea “so interesting.”

But Trump’s aides dismissed the idea, according to Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book “Landslide: The Final Days of the Trump Presidency,” which was excerpted in the Times of London Monday.

“For Trump aides, though, this was risible. Speaker of the House is a ‘real job,’ and Trump, in no way, is going to actually work,” Wolff wrote.

Presidential schedules obtained by Axios showed that Trump spent much of his days in “executive time,” a sort of unstructured time where he’d watch cable news, make phone calls, and take meetings.

Days after his interview with Root, Trump dismissed the suggestion that he run for a House seat, telling Fox Business host Stuart Varney that it’s “highly unlikely.”

The Constitution does not require that the Speaker of the House of Representatives be an elected member. Trump, who continues to spread conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, has expressed interest in running for president again in 2024.

Wolff’s book reports other revelations about Trump’s presidency, including that he asked random Mar-a-Lago visitors for lawyer recommendations and that his son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner lobbied against Trump trying to pardon himself before the end of his presidency.

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