The leader of the House’s most conservative caucus is calling on party leadership to prevent “leftist Democrats” from getting “another bite” at tyranny as Congress prepares to vote on a short-term government spending bill before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.
“We call on each and every Republican to vote ‘no.’ Vote ‘no’ to continued spending that supports these outrageous policies, especially when reinforcements are just over the horizon” Rep. Scott Petty, R-Pa., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said at a press conferenceThursday outside of the Capitol
Perry listed COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the energy and border crises, an “out-of-control, weaponized bureaucracy,” and the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home as examples of why Republicans should not vote for Democrats’ spending bill.
“We’re going to take back the House. The Republicans will take back the House [in the Nov. 8 midterm elections]. In light of that, why would Republicans cast one vote in favor of this tyranny?” Perry asked. “Especially when it’s going to go into December and give these leftist Democrats another bite at more continued tyranny.”
House lawmakers are currently working on a short-term funding bill, called a continuing solution, that would fund government through early December and prevent a government shutdown before the fiscal years end Sept. 30. Fox News reported.
Congress has failed to pass a spending bill so far and it is unlikely that they will before the deadline. This is why Congress needs to find a continuing resolution in order to keep the government operating. CBS reported.
Perry told reporters that the House Freedom Caucus is asking House Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., “to request that every single Republican vote ‘no.’”
“Not just recommend ‘no,’” he added. “Whip a ‘no’ vote.”
“Again, not one more vote. No more days of tyranny. Not one more penny,” the Pennsylvania Republican said.
Roll Call reported that the continuing resolution must pass both the House of Representatives and the Senate to be approved by President Joe Biden so that it can be signed into law before the Sept. 30 deadline. CNN reported that the resolution must be supported by at least 10 of 50 Senate Republicans in order to succeed.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) stated that he had attended a roundtable discussion where he met with 12 families whose relatives died from fentanyl poisoning before the press conference.
“That’s what happening in our country right now because of [the] policies of this administration,” Roy said. “Wide-open borders empowering cartels to put pills into our communities laced with fentanyl causing 79,000 people to die in the last year. The number one cause of death for people aged 18 to 45.”
“This is avoidable, but it’s being purposefully done by a radical Left administration that is endangering the American people and endangering migrants when they say that they’re helping those migrants. There are thousands of dead migrants living on South Texas ranches. All of this is happening in real time,” he said.
These were also questions that the Texas Republican asked:
Is it possible to continue to finance the bureaucracy that causes Americans to die, cartels to be empowered, our borders and borders to become overrun, and Texas to be endangered?
Are we going to continue to fund a bureaucracy that is targeting parents, labeling them as ‘domestic terrorists’ for daring to go to a school board and challenge them if their daughter got raped in a bathroom?
Are we going to continue funding IRS agents to pursue the American people? Are we going to continue to fund an energy platform … a plan that is undermining our ability to have affordable gas, affordable electricity, weakening our grids, weakening our national security?
Roy said the message of the House Freedom Caucus to Democrats is to “stop screwing over the American people.”
“Our message to voters is help is on the way if you’ll get us control of the House,” Roy said. “But my message to Republicans is, and our message to Republicans is: Fight for the American people. Stop funding the things you campaign against.”
“Not one more penny for the tyranny that is undermining the American people, undermining our security, undermining our way of life, undermining our health. Not one more penny,” he said.
Matthew Dickerson, director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation, said the House Freedom Caucus is pressuring House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to avoid cutting a “bad deal” with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in the lame duck session following the Nov. 8 elections. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.)
“If Kevin McCarthy cuts a bad deal in the lame duck, it could make it harder for him to win the speaker vote, and so that’s a leverage point that the Freedom Caucus is trying to exert on Kevin McCarthy,” Dickerson said.
Republicans are pushing for McCarthy to focus on their policy priorities such as cutting spending, regulations, and stopping “all the stuff that Biden is doing” rather than caving to Pelosi, he added.
Sens. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, called for their fellow Republicans to “stop caving to Republicans” in a Fox News op-edPublished Tuesday.
“It’s time for Republicans to stand united and demand that Congress pass a clean continuing resolution (CR) that simply maintains current federal spending levels—and not a penny more—until a new Congress begins,” the three senators wrote, adding later:
It’s time for Republicans to stand up and unite. We cannot green-
America will continue to move in the wrong direction if it is not given one more liberal priority.
We must be strong now and show the American people that Washington is not a mad place and that power belongs to them.
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