Bill Stepien will not be testifying at this morning’s 1/6 Committee hearing, and the proceedings have been delayed for 30-45 minutes. Stepien’s excuse is that his wife just went into labor. His lawyer will be reading a statement instead. Stepien is managing the campaign of Liz Cheney’s primary opponent, so he probably wouldn’t have been the world’s most cooperative witness.
Since activists like March for Our Lives, Gabby Giffords and Fred Guttenberg have endorsed this weekend’s gun deal, while noting that it doesn’t go far enough, I’m on board. But, I’m going to have to agree with Steve M on this one: it’s highly unlikely that what was announced over the weekend will pass. The announcement was a “framework,” not a bill, and the pressure on the 10 Republicans to pull back or pull out entirely will be immense. Part of the massive dysfunction of the Senate is that you can’t count on the word of the swing voters — the Manchinema debacle last year is a great example — since their main goal is to burnish their “centrist” reputations.