GOP considering new spending bill

September 18th, 2014




Republicans in the House of Representatives are currently considering a bill that will fund the government through the end of 2014 in order to prevent another government shutdown.


Congress must pass a bill to fund the government by Sept. 30, or the government will be at risk of another partial shutdown, much like the one that occurred in 2013.


The Washington Post reports that the bill would provide the resources necessary to keep the government functioning from Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, to Dec. 11, when new bills will be put in place to approve spending through 2015.


According to ABC, the bill would include $88 million allotted for Ebola drugs to help alleviate the outbreak in West Africa. If passed, it would also prevent Internet service providers from being taxed by the states.


“I don’t know of any significant opposition,” said Congressman Hal Rogers, R-KY. “People realize it’s something we have to do to keep the lights on, to keep the government going, we will not allow a shutdown.”


The bill would also aid departments attempting to stem the flow of Central Americans crossing the Mexican border into the United States. This comes after President Obama announced last week that he will wait to take executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.


The decision to wait to address the immigration issues was seen by many congressional GOP leaders as a strategy to help Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.  According to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH., “There is never a ‘right’ time for the president to decide amnesty by executive action, but the decision to simply delay this deeply controversial and possibly unconstitutional unilateral action until after the election – instead of abandoning the idea altogether—smacks of raw politics.”


On Tuesday Sept. 9, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, said it’s imperative for Congress to prevent Obama from granting amnesty to more illegal immigrants in the country.


He continued to add that it would be in everyone’s best interest to include a provision that would block the President from granting amnesty in a critical government-funding bill that Congress must approve this month.


“I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the President from illegally granting amnesty,” Cruz said. “That certainly, I think, would be appropriate to include [in the bill].”


Rep. Steve Israel, D-NY, told CNN that “it’s another Ted Cruz hostage situation. Last October, he held the entire federal government hostage to his ideology and now he’s willing to do it again.”


Despite Cruz’s efforts, there appears to be no urgency, even among the House Republicans who pushed for a confrontation last fall, to have a fight on the spending bill this close to the election. GOP Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY., said he would not allow another shutdown.


House Republicans were expected to vote on the bill Thursday, which would keep the government funded through Dec. 11, preventing a shutdown while lawmakers campaign in October and early November. However, the planned Thursday vote on the bill was postponed until next week to allow members to examine and debate the language.


 Editor’s Note: Information from CNN, NBC, ABC and the Washington Post was used in this report.