House Republicans Unveil Short-Term Funding Proposal in Race Against Government Shutdown

On Sunday evening, House Republicans unveiled their own proposal for short-term government funding. This development comes as lawmakers in Washington strive to find a bipartisan agreement in order to prevent a potential government shutdown before the September 30 deadline. 

The legislation, commonly referred to as a continuing resolution, has been developed through negotiations between two factions within the party: the conservative Freedom Caucus and the more moderate Main Street Caucus. This resolution aims to provide funding for the government until the month of October. 


The package being referred to is a border security package that has been passed by the House. 

The measure, although anticipated to initiate discussions between Senate Democrats and the White House to prevent a shutdown, is unlikely to gain support from them and is therefore considered dead on arrival. 

The House GOP bill maintains current funding levels for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, while proposing a reduction of several percentage points for other agencies. This decision stems from Republican concerns regarding the federal deficit.  

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is currently working to secure significant Republican backing for the bill, aiming to pass it through the chamber without relying on Democratic support. This effort comes in the face of potential challenges to McCarthy's position as speaker, with members such as Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, threatening to remove him from his role.

However, there was immediate opposition to the deal from certain members of the Freedom Caucus, such as Mr. Gaetz and North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop. 

It has been previously stated by Mr. McCarthy that a temporary funding measure will probably be required until December. This is because congressional appropriators are currently in the process of finalizing a budget for the entire year.

The Republican proposal was strongly criticized by Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, who serves as the leading Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. She deemed the proposal as unacceptable and unlikely to gain support from her party. 

In a statement, the speaker expressed concern over the priorities of House Republicans as the deadline for a government shutdown looms. Instead of working towards a bipartisan solution, they have chosen to introduce funding bills that propose significant cuts to the National Institutes of Health, including funding for cancer research. Additionally, these bills aim to defund the police and reduce resources allocated to crucial allies such as Ukraine and Israel.  

The individual made an accusation against House Republicans, claiming that their intention is to cause a government shutdown. This alleged desire stems from the fact that House Democrats, Senate Republicans and Democrats, as well as President Biden, are in opposition to the proposed budget cuts put forth by the House Republicans. These cuts are believed to have the potential to further burden working families by increasing the expenses associated with essential goods and services. This concern is particularly significant given the already elevated cost of living.

The measure incorporates key components of the House Republicans' Secure the Border Act. These components consist of completing the border wall initiated during the Trump administration, increasing the number of Border Patrol agents, and limiting the Biden administration's utilization of parole authority to release migrants. 

The proposed legislation aims to reintroduce a policy from the Trump administration that requires asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their asylum claims are being processed. Additionally, it seeks to expand the collection of DNA from migrants and make the use of the E-Verify work authorization platform compulsory for businesses. 

The stopgap funding bill did not include the E-Verify provision. 

The measure, as it stands, does not encompass additional funding for Ukraine. This particular spending allocation lacks support from a significant number of House Republicans. However, it garners support from Democrats, Senate Republicans, and the White House. 

The Freedom Caucus is advocating for a lower top-line spending level for the annual budget. This proposed amount is approximately $115 billion less than the $1.6 trillion that was agreed upon in the debt-limit deal earlier this year by Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Biden. 


The strong determination of individuals regarding this matter led to Mr. McCarthy's decision to cancel votes unexpectedly last week on the yearly defense spending bill. This bill was expected to easily pass among conservative lawmakers. 

Currently, the House of Representatives has made progress on only one out of the twelve annual spending bills that are responsible for funding the various branches and operations of the government. However, it is important to note that this particular bill has not yet been passed by the Senate.


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