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31 House Republicans signed on to a letter promising that GOP Senators who voted for the omnibus bill would have their legislation blocked after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is expected to be the next Speaker of the House, voiced support for the idea.

The letter, which was originally signed by congressmen like Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), outlined the dangers of the $1.7 trillion bill. Democrats forced through the legislation before the start of the new Congress so that the Republican caucus wouldn’t be able to outline the fiscal budget for 2023. House Republicans attempted to make that message clear to Republican Senators in their letter, however, it seemingly fell on deaf ears.

“We urge you to take all steps necessary to stop the soon-to-be finalized omnibus spending bill negotiated with Democrats,” the letter began. “At the very least, due respect for Americans who elected us would call for not passing a ‘lame duck’ spending bill just days before Members fly home for Christmas and two weeks before a new Republican majority is sworn in for the 118th Congress. Senate Republicans have the 41 votes necessary to stop this and should do so now and show the Americans who elected you that they weren’t wrong in doing so.”

“This slated ‘omnibus spending bill’ is an indefensible assault on the American people. It is an assault on the separation of powers. It is an assault on fiscal responsibility. It is an assault on basic civic decency,” they wrote, emphasizing that “a vote for any omnibus in the remaining days of a Democrat-led government is a vote in favor of that assault. As such, we urge you to oppose this bill completely and to refrain from entertaining any spending bill that extends beyond the first few months of the 118th Congress.”

House Republicans, backed by McCarthy, then took bold action and promised that if Republican senators vote for the legislation, the 31 House members would do everything in their power to block bills that were introduced in the next Congress by the GOP senators who worked with the Democrats to pass the omnibus, as reported in Breitbart.


“Further, we are obliged to inform you that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of the Congress, we will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those senators who vote for this bill – including the Republican leader,” the letter stated, emphasizing that they would even be willing to halt priorities from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). We will oppose any rule, any consent request, suspension voice vote, or roll call vote of any such Senate bill, and will otherwise do everything in our power to thwart even the smallest legislative and policy efforts of those senators.”

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“Americans are yearning for an end to the destructive status quo in Washington,” the letter concluded given that the nation is currently $31 trillion in debt. “If Senate Republicans refuse to give the House Republican majority the opportunity to take the pen on FY23 appropriations to enact fiscal restraint and check the Biden administration’s assault on the American people, then what purpose is there to the Republican party outside of an urge for more power, the perpetuation of grift, and show hearings?”

Despite intense lobbying from House Republicans, the Senate GOP caved and 18 Republican senators voted for the legislation.

Those 18 members who voted for the $1.7 trillion package include Sens. Boozman (AR), Capito (WV), Collins (ME), Cornyn (TX), Cotton (AR), Graham (SC), Inhofe (OK), McConnell (KY), Moran (KS), Murkowski (AK), Portman (OH), Romney (UT), Rounds (SD), Shelby (AL), Thune (SD), Wicker (MS), and Young (IN).

It will now be up to the House Republicans to keep true to their word and hold the 18 senators accountable for their votes. And if the House GOP is unwilling to do it once the new Congress begins on January 3rd, then voters should hold them accountable as well.

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