LIVE UPDATES: House to Vote on $1.2 Trillion Spending Package in Race to Avert Shutdown

DeLauro Lauds Minibus Funding Package

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8 mins ago

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Ct.) stood to support the government funding package on the House Floor on March 22, championing it for being led by women.

“I am proud to make history with such experienced appropriators. 2024 marks the first time negotiations on government funding have been led on all four corners by women,” she said.

“This bill sides with the hard working majority of Americans. It helps to lower the cost of living, it protects women’s rights and access to reproductive health care that reinforces America’s global leadership, and it helps our communities be safe and secure,” Ms. DeLauro added.

Roy: ‘If You Vote for This Bill, You Own It’

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6 mins ago

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, kicked off the debate on the House floor with a warning to his fellow Republicans.

“This bill is over a thousand pages long. It contains hundreds of pages of report language, 1,400 earmarks, and we’ve had about 24 hours to review it. That is not the way to do business. And the American people and American families are the ones left holding the bag,” Mr. Roy said.

“This is business as usual in the swamp. And here’s the deal to my Republican colleagues: You will own every single bit of this. If you vote for this bill, you own it.”

Freedom Caucus Chairman Swats Down Question on Possibly Ousting Johnson as Speaker

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33 mins ago

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good (R-Va.) appeared to dismiss a question from a reporter about the possibility of stripping the gavel from House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.), who succeeded former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after Mr. McCarthy was ousted last October.

“​​It is the speaker’s decision to bring this to the floor for a vote,” he said.

“You guys ask us every day about the status of the speaker. But I don’t think anybody here talked cavalierly or flippantly about the speaker a year ago,” continued Mr. Good. “We focused on policy. We focused on actions. We focused on performance or lack thereof. And we’re doing the same thing today.”

Rep. Norman Calls on Speaker Johnson to Shut Down the House

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Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) called on House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) to shut down the House over the $1.2 trillion government spending bill.

He explained that Mr. Johnson could do so by removing a ceremonial ornamented staff called a mace. The mace is in place next to the speaker’s chair when the House is in session and it is a 184-year-old custom.

“Take the mace down, cut the lights off, and say we will not come back until you stop the invasion at the border,” said Mr. Norman, calling for the Democrat-controlled Senate to pass a tough border security bill that the House passed last year.

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) speaks during a House Freedom Caucus press conference on appropriations at House Triangle on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2023. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)
Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) speaks during a House Freedom Caucus press conference on appropriations at House Triangle on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2023. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

Texas Congressman Calls Bill ‘Swamp Glossary’

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1 hour ago

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) slammed Congressional GOP leadership over the $1.2 trillion government spending bill, calling it a “swamp glossary”—a reference to Washington’s nickname, “the Swamp.”

“Frankly, our Republican leadership or basically walking swamp glossary,” the Freedom Caucus member said.

He cited what he said are excuses from his party’s leadership such as that the GOP majority in the House is thin.

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) speaks to members of the press after a members-only classified briefing on TikTok at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2024. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) speaks to members of the press after a members-only classified briefing on TikTok at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2024. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Freedom Caucus Chair: Spending Bill More than That Under Pelosi-Schumer

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1 hour ago

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Bob Good (R-Va.) railed against the $1.2 trillion government spending bill, saying it is worse than the spending when the Democrats controlled Congress under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

“It does seem this bill again maintains the Pelosi-Schumer policies and spending levels exactly,” said Mr. Good. “It actually increases spending levels by about $60 billion that were in place from the omnibus that we all voted against a year and a half ago, but it has some new things that we want to point out here,” he said at a press conference.

Mr. Good lamented the earmarks and $200 million for the new FBI headquarters in the bill.

Greene to Vote No, Calls GOP Majority ‘Complete Failure’

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1 hour ago

Re. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said on March 21 that she would vote no for the newest government funding package, voicing her frustration with the House GOP majority.

“Our Republican majority is a complete failure,” said Mr. Greene in a post on X.

“We have the power of the purse, which means we can control what the entire government does.”

Job Creators Network Urges Passage of Minibus

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1 hour ago

The nonpartisan Job Creators Network (JCN) released a statement calling on Congress to pass the appropriations package.

“Job Creators Network continues to believe that the federal government is too big and unelected bureaucrats have too much power,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN president and CEO.

“That said, we commend the House for provisions in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2024 that, among other things, reduces funding for the IRS and the Department of Labor, claws back $2.6 billion in unused COVID funds, and ensures border patrol officials have the resources they need to protect the country. The Job Creators Network encourages all members of Congress to pass this bill.”

House to Vote on $1.2 Trillion Spending Deal Hours Before Shutdown Deadline

House to Vote on $1.2 Trillion Spending Deal Hours Before Shutdown Deadline
The U.S. Capitol building during cherry blossom in Washington on March 20, 2024. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

The House is set to vote on a $1.2 trillion spending package at 11 a.m. ET on March 22 to fund 70 percent of the government and avert a partial shutdown.

While the House will likely pass it overwhelmingly, using an expedited process that requires a two-thirds majority for passage—in addition to Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) waiving the House GOP rule that requires members to have 72 hours to review legislation before it is voted on—how fast it will pass the Senate is uncertain.

The bill could pass the Senate quickly if no senator objects to expediting the process.

What’s in the $1.2 Trillion Government Funding Package

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13 hours ago

What’s in the $1.2 Trillion Government Funding Package
The U.S. Capitol building during cherry blossom season in Washington on March 20, 2024. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

In the wee hours of March 21, the text of the second appropriations bill—totaling $1.2 trillion—to fund most of the U.S. government was unveiled.

The second tranche of spending legislation covers 70 percent of the federal government. This includes the Defense, Treasury, Homeland Security, Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and State departments.

If Congress does not pass the bill by March 23, a partial government shutdown will occur.

Conservatives Express Anger Over $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill

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14 mins ago

Conservatives Express Anger Over $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill
Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) speaks to members of the press after a members-only classified briefing on TikTok at the Capitol Visitor Center on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2024. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Conservative Republicans didn’t hold back on March 21 over the $1.2 trillion spending bill that would fund 70 percent of the government—as the clock ticked toward a partial government shutdown on March 23.

The bill, the text of which was unveiled in the early morning hours of March 21—less than 48 hours before a shutdown was set to begin—immediately reignited tensions in the Republican conference and concerns about House Speaker Mike Johnson’s (R-La.) leadership of the lower chamber.

“They did make some cuts, but it’s not what I would like,” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) told reporters in a gentle voice.

Original News Source Link – Epoch Times

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