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December 4, 2014

Republicans Split on Spending Bill Strategy

The House has a week to pass a spending bill before the government shuts down, and Republicans can’t decide on a strategy for counterbalancing Barack Obama’s unconstitutional executive action on immigration. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) proposes funding most of the government until Sept. 30, and only funding the agencies that will enact Obama’s immigration action until March. But Republicans disagree on political strategy. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) says House Republicans might not have enough votes to pass the bill. “There were opinions all over the place,” Pompeo said. “There were members that were adamant that we shouldn’t vote for anything that funded any of these institutions surrounding these executive orders or soon to be set of actions. There were others who were simply saying, ‘Hey, let’s do a short-term CR for the whole thing’ … and then there were others who said, ‘Hey look, let’s get this thing done.’” This gives House Democrats more bargaining power, as Republican leadership will have to work with Nancy Pelosi and her minions to get the votes necessary to send the bill to the Senate. More…

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