GOP Gears Up to Fight Democrats’ $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill

Jul 13, 2023 | True Patriot News Daily

The bill, which would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, is packed with spending increases for Democrats' pet projects, including climate change programs, abortion funding, and sanctuary cities. It also includes billions of dollars in new COVID-19 relief spending, even though the pandemic is winding down.

Republicans in the Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, are already vowing to oppose the bill. They argue that the spending is too high and that the bill includes too many policy riders that they cannot support.

The bill, which would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, is packed with spending increases for Democrats' pet projects, including climate change programs, abortion funding, and sanctuary cities. It also includes billions of dollars in new COVID-19 relief spending, even though the pandemic is winding down.

Republicans in the Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, are already vowing to oppose the bill. They argue that the spending is too high and that the bill includes too many policy riders that they cannot support.

“This bill is a disaster for taxpayers,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the Freedom Caucus. “It's full of pork and wasteful spending, and it's going to add trillions to our national debt.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has said that he is open to negotiating with Democrats on the bill, but he has also warned that Republicans will not support a bill that they cannot support.

“We're going to have to have a conversation,” McCarthy said. “But I'm not going to support a bill that I can't support.”

The fight over the omnibus spending bill is likely to be one of the first major tests of the new Republican majority in the House. Republicans will need to decide whether they are willing to compromise with Democrats on the bill, or whether they are willing to risk a government shutdown in order to oppose it.

The Freedom Caucus is likely to play a key role in the fight over the bill. The group has a history of opposing spending bills that they believe are too high, and they are likely to be a major force in any negotiations with Democrats.

The outcome of the fight over the omnibus spending bill could have a significant impact on the future of the Republican Party. If Republicans are seen as being willing to compromise on spending, it could weaken their position in the upcoming midterm elections. However, if Republicans are seen as being unwilling to compromise, it could lead to a government shutdown, which would be a major political disaster for the party.

To learn more about This Spending Bill read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below: 

A key House Freedom Caucus member is predicting that Speaker Kevin McCarthy may not follow through on his word to not bring an omnibus spending bill to the floor at the end of this fiscal year, underscoring the tenuous relationship between House GOP leaders and the hardliners in their conference.

 

“I've been here eight and a half years, and for eight and a half years, we've done the same thing every time,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., told Fox News Digital in an interview in his office. “Leadership has promised, either Democrat or Republican leadership, has promised that we're going to do 12 appropriations bills. We start on those 12 appropriations bills. There's a hiccup for some reason, the Senate doesn't do that. And we end up doing a large omnibus or, maybe at best, a couple of minute mini-buses.”

One of the key promises McCarthy made when he became speaker this year was to not bring an omnibus bill combining all of the government’s spending priorities into a single piece of legislation but rather stick to 12 separate bills.