‘Imperative’ to Stop Omnibus Spending Bill

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the incoming chairman of the Home Oversight and Reform Committee, is urging his Senate counterparts to reject the $1.85 trillion omnibus spending invoice with a view to strengthen GOP’s oversight authority for the subsequent Congress.

Comer will ascend to chairman of the highly effective Home committee Jan. 3 with a variety of investigations deliberate. Earlier than he’s even capable of get began, nonetheless, Senate Republicans who help the omnibus spending invoice might strip Comer of necessary leverage—the ability of the purse.

With 20 Republican senators already voting Tuesday on a procedural movement to advance the invoice, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., seems to have sufficient GOP help to get the invoice accomplished this week.

That hasn’t stopped Comer and different Home Republicans from warning in regards to the penalties.

“It’s crucial that we cease the large omnibus in order that Republicans can use our majority energy subsequent Congress to conduct oversight of the federal authorities, maintain the Biden Administration accountable, and enact good authorities reforms,” Comer advised The Day by day Sign in an announcement.

Withholding cash from the Biden administration is one device Home Republicans can use to train efficient oversight—notably if federal businesses and authorities officers are uncooperative or not forthcoming with data within the new yr.

“The first technique that Congress can use to carry federal businesses accountable is through appropriations,” stated Paul Winfree, former price range coverage director for President Donald Trump and a distinguished fellow at The Heritage Basis. “They shouldn’t be appropriating till they’ve discovered simply the best way to use their oversight powers.”

Passage of the omnibus spending invoice would insulate the Biden administration from a spending combat for the subsequent yr. The invoice making its manner by the Senate funds the president’s agenda from by Sept. 30, 2023.

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Comer was first elected to Congress in 2016 and served as rating member on the Home Oversight and Reform Committee whereas Democrats had the bulk. He’ll ascend to the highest spot as soon as the 118th Congress begins in lower than two weeks.

He’s amongst a vocal group of Home Republicans who’re warning about implications of passing the large spending invoice through the present lame-duck Congress reasonably than ready till subsequent yr when Republicans have management of the Home.

“It’s no shock that Democrats are racing to make use of their waning days of energy to pressure by trillions of {dollars} in new spending and a bunch of unhealthy insurance policies that may weaken our nation,” Comer advised The Day by day Sign. “Democrats’ unhinged, inflation-inducing spending binge during the last two years triggered 40-year excessive inflation that’s harming the pocketbooks of People and has allowed rampant authorities waste.”

Along with Comer, a bunch of 13 Home Republicans is promising to oppose and stymie the legislative priorities of any Republican senator who votes in favor of the omnibus spending invoice this week. They’ve the help of Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as effectively.

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Schumer already has the help of Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. They have been among the many 20 Senate Republicans who voted to maneuver ahead on the invoice Tuesday.

Earlier this yr, Home Republicans outlined an bold oversight agenda. It contains an investigation of Homeland Safety Alejandro Mayorkas’ failures resulting in the border disaster, the federal government’s collusion with Massive Tech to censor speech, the origins of COVID-19, Hunter Biden’s corrupt enterprise dealings, the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, politicization of the FBI, the administration’s promotion of crucial race concept, and lots of others.

By voting for the $1.7 trillion spending invoice, Senate Republicans would strip their Home counterparts of the leverage they want on all these investigations and extra by giving Biden and Democrats precisely what they need—cash to proceed on, unaffected, for an additional yr.