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The House Freedom Caucus raised the risk of a federal government shutdown on Oct. 1 by rejecting to support “clean” stopgap spending legislation that leaders in both parties have said will be necessary, Billy House reports.
“We will oppose any attempt by Washington to revert to its old playbook of using a series of short-term funding extensions designed to push Congress up against a December deadline to force the passage of yet another monstrous, budget busting, pork filled, lobbyist handout omnibus spending bill at year’s end,” the caucus said yesterday in a statement.
These conservatives, who have battled with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), have outsized influence in the House, where Republicans hold only a narrow majority. Their demands would also face strong Democratic opposition.
McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have said any stopgap spending bill would be temporary, to give the two chambers more time to negotiate final spending bills by the end of the calendar year.
The Freedom Caucus, however, said it would fight a stop-gap bill that continues current spending levels and contains policies they oppose. They also said they would oppose any additional separate funding — including through a proposed supplemental spending package — that could be used as a “blank check” for continued Ukraine support.
The group also wants policy changes, such as inclusion of Republican border-security legislation and language to “address the unprecedented weaponization of the Justice Department and FBI.”
Also on Lawmakers’ Radars
Electing members like Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-Ore.) has emerged as a critical component of McCarthy’s hopes of retaining his narrow majority next year. Broadening the party’s appeal beyond its base could make a difference in Republicans’ ability to win over independent and even some Democratic voters in competitive districts in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in 2024.
The House Homeland Security Committee is hitting the Biden administration with a subpoena to get information about an immigration parole program, escalating the panel’s conflict with DHS.
Biden’s Climate Agenda
President Joe Biden toured areas of Maui devastated by recent wildfires and where hundreds of people are still missing, calling it an “unimaginable tragedy,” and seeking to reassure residents frustrated by his handling of the disaster.
The Biden administration is pushing new constraints on offshore drilling and related activities in parts of the Gulf of Mexico inhabited by the Rice’s Whale, which industry leaders say could curtail oil development.
Forty-six states, 81 metropolitan areas, and more than 90 tribes and territories opted into a federal climate grant program’s $250 million first phase, giving a chance for governments to study how to reduce emissions without relying on split legislatures.
US executives sound confident that their firms will be ready to apply new European rules requiring companies to report on their climate impact, even as they wait for final requirements from Wall Street’s top regulator.
Politics, Probes, and 2024
Donald Trump said he’d surrender to authorities in Atlanta on Thursday to be booked on state charges that he led a criminal conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will be center stage in a Milwaukee debate Wednesday that features eight Republican candidates for president, taking the spot that would have been occupied by front-runner Trump.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s bid for a court order forcing Google LLC and YouTube to restore his videos questioning the safety of Covid-19 vaccines ran into a doubtful US judge who questioned whether the candidate and scion had met the legal prerequisites for such a ruling.
What Else We’re Watching
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo will travel to China next week, making her the fourth cabinet-level official to visit since June as the US seeks to sustain high-level contacts despite strains over Taiwan and US plans to limit some exports.
- Ahead of the trip, the US yesterday lifted restrictions on 27 Chinese companies and organizations, a sign Washington is extending an apparent olive branch to Beijing. Read more.
- However, Biden’s security pledges with once feuding neighbors Japan and South Korea at historic talks bolstered US military power in Asia. That’s made China look increasingly isolated in its own backyard. Read more.
Biden named Ed Siskel to be the new White House counsel as investigations into the president’s previous handling of classified materials and his son’s business dealings ramp up.
Biden has picked Brendan Danaher, a former Transportation Department aide and longtime union official, as his new top labor policy adviser.
The US Supreme Court denied a request from West Virginia and 26 other Republican attorneys general to make their own challenge to the CFPB’s funding mechanism at oral arguments this fall.
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