Republicans call on GOP to block ‘lame duck’ Dems’ massive funding bill, demand clean CR

Republicans in both chambers of Congress are calling on their colleagues to block any funding bill that would allow Democrats to create a yearly budget before the end of the year. Failure to do so would open the door for Democrats to pass a new budget in which the upcoming Congress would have no say.

Forty-two House Republicans led by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) are imploring their fellow Republicans to vote against any resolution “that empowers Democrats to pass a massive spending package in the upcoming lame duck session of Congress,” a press release stated.

“As the September 30th federal funding deadline approaches, Republicans must do what is necessary to ensure that not one additional penny will go toward this administration’s radical, inflationary agenda,” the letter read.

It seems like it happens every month, but the government will once again run out of other people’s money on September 30th, leaving Congress only nine days from the time of this writing to pass a resolution. The continuing resolution currently under scrutiny would fund the government until December 16, but the magic date for Republicans is Jan 3; the start of the 118th Congress.

For their part, Senate Republicans led by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) say they want a “clean” continuing resolution that is “free of additional spending and extraneous policy riders,” but the next time that happens in Congress will be the first time.

The 46-person House Freedom Caucus has made their formal stance known, and much of what they call for involves reducing the obscene amount of COVID funding back to pre-pandemic levels. After all, President Joe Biden just declared the pandemic to be “over.”

Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are currently acting in cahoots over a permitting reform deal in which Schumer would get Manchin’s vote on the erroneously-named Inflation Reduction Act. In a rare departure from their monolithic unity, more than 70 Democrats have joined Republicans in opposing the Schumer/Manchin permitting deal. GOP senators have crafted their own alternate legislation on permitting in response.

As is their destructive habit (one of many) the Biden regime is pressing Congress for even more money to be directed at COVID expenditures, which Republicans say should be redirected from the gargantuan $1.9 trillion (and also erroneously-named) American Rescue Plan in order to cover future tests, therapeutics, and of course, more vaccines. They would also like to throw some money at monkeypox, too.

In the meantime, Democrats from both chambers want more money for Ukraine; another $12 billion to be exact. Adding that provision to the continuing resolution will likely stir Republican opposition, and it would bring the total given to Ukraine by the U.S. alone to $60 billion.

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