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  • btomba_77

    August 21, 2023 at 1:09 pm


    [h1]House Freedom Caucus fires warning shot over government shutdown[/h1]

    [b]Driving the news:[/b] The HFC is demanding more funding for border enforcement, cuts to the Department of Justice and FBI, and an end to “woke” policies at the Department of Defense.
    [ul][*]”We refuse to support any such measure that continues Democrats’ bloated COVID-era spending and simultaneously fails to force the Biden Administration to follow the law and fulfill its most basic responsibilities,” they said in a statement.[*]”Any support for a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution would be an affirmation of the current FY 2023 spending level grossly increased by the lame-duck December 2022 omnibus spending bill that we all vehemently opposed just seven months ago.” [/ul]


    [link=]Teagan Goddard 


    The problem for Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is that a continuing resolution with House Freedom Caucus support could possibly pass the House with just Republican votes. But it will go nowhere in the Senate.
    A clean short-term funding bill could pass with both a majority of Republican and Democratic votes.  But the House Freedom Caucus wont stand for it.
    Since there isnt time to finish the appropriations process by the deadline, their only real leverage at this point is the ability to overthrow McCarthy.
    That means McCarthy might need to force a government shutdown just to save his job. But even then its not clear how he gets out of this jam.