To really understand how a place works, first you have to speak the language.
This is Washington lingo for “up for reelection.“ Since Senate terms are six years long, but elections are every two years, only one-third of the Senate is up for reelection at any given point. For Senators and their staff, being in or out of cycle can mean major changes in day-to-day life. If you are out of cycle and reelection is several years away, it‘s easier to take an unpopular stand on a tough issue like immigration. When you are in cycle, with an election looming or even a primary opponent, it can color every policy decision for those two years.
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