Republicans urge colleagues to unite against Democrats’ funding plan

As the midterms near and a Republican win in Congress hangs in balance, Republican congressmen have They pushed their coworkers to reject Democrats’ plansTo increase government funding before the end of the year.

Forty-two Republicans in the House and 14 in the Senate have joined in opposing Democrats’ plans for a continuing resolution that would extend government funding into the next congressional year.

Sen. Mike Lee (Republican from Utah) spearheaded the effort to defeat this resolution in Senate. In a “Dear Colleague” letter addressed to Republican senators on Monday, Lee writes, “We must not accept anything short of a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution (‘CR’) that contains no additional spending or extraneous policy riders.”

The letter urges members of Congress to “stand strong against lame-duck spending” and warns that “caving to the Democrats will likely worsen inflation, prolong the current economic recession, and advance policies contained in the Biden administration’s progressive wish-list.”

Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rick Scott, R-Fla., also signed Lee’s letter calling for a “clean” continuing resolution.

“Month after month for the last two years, Democrats and President Joe Biden have been able to advance their radical agenda while Republicans have largely been sidelined,” As Sen. Scott writes in a Fox News op-edSens. Lee and Cruz. The senators argue that their constituents are “sick and tired of watching Washington’s broken status quo continue while they deal with the consequences of reckless spending in Congress.”

The Republican senators note that a “clean” resolution wouldn’t cut current funding. It would simply “ensure that the federal government continues to operate as it must for the American people until a new Congress begins in 2023,” they write. “This is not some convoluted scheme to cause a government shutdown. This is about accountability and doing what’s right for American taxpayers. That’s it.”

House Republicans signed a similar note Monday led by Rep. Chip Roy of Texas. Roy urged the House Republicans to reject a continuing solution that would increase current spending levels or expire before January 3rd next year. Epoch Times reports.

Congress will meet on Jan. 3. This would allow the continuing solution to expire. It would also give a Democrat majority the opportunity to increase government spending throughout the remainder of fiscal year.

As Roy’s letter states, “Federal dollars are fueling rampant inflation and funding the Biden administration’s radical agenda.” According to the letter, Biden’s agenda includes “empowering authoritarian bureaucrats at agencies like the IRS and FBI, implementing open-border policies that are threatening our communities, [and] imposing COVID-19 mandates that shut down schools and are forcing our military service members out of their jobs.”

As the Sept. 30 deadline for federal funding approaches, Roy urges Republicans to “do what is necessary to ensure not one additional penny” will go toward the Democrats’ agenda. Sen. Lee similarly writes, “The American people cannot afford another Washington feeding frenzy. We must not let them down.”

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