On the backs of many lame-duck Republican members, the House approved on Wednesday a resolution to keep the federal government operating until December 23 in the hopes of completing a huge budget deal by then.
According to The Hill, despite the fact that the official position of the House Republicans was to reject the bill, nine Republicans voted in favor of the legislation, which ultimately passed 224-201.
According to the roll call votes, Republican Representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Chris Jacobs and John Katko of New York, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Fred Upton of Michigan, Steve Womack of Arkansas, and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania supported postponing the end of the current continuing resolution funding the government from Friday to December 23.
The bill was not voted on by three Republicans and two Democrats.
All Democrats who voted in favor of the legislation were joined by nine Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote for it.
The next Congress will not include Katko, Kinzinger, Upton, Cheney, Jacobs, Gonzalez, or Herrera Beutler.
The Hill reported that House Minority Whip Steve Scalise’s staff attempted to organize Republicans against the measure.
“Once again, House Democrats failed to meet the fundamental duty of funding the government despite spending most of the year passing trillions in wasteful spending that has fueled inflation and driven up our debt,” its message to GOP members said.
“This one-week continuing resolution is an attempt to buy additional time for a massive lame-duck spending bill in which House Republicans have had no seat at the negotiating table,” the message said.
The House is now controlled by Democrats, but when a new session begins next month, the GOP will have the majority. Consequently, some Republicans want to delay the final budget vote for this fiscal year until January.
According to Roll Call, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, stated, “We should be passing a continuing resolution into next year instead of buying more time to rush through a massive spending package.”
Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, a Republican, stated that the present maneuvering is intended to facilitate the passage of a huge package by a Democratic-controlled House next week.
“If all 435 of us stood on the steps of the Capitol with our middle finger to the American people, it would be a more honest action than what we’re engaging in here on the floor of the people’s House right now,” Roy said.
Mitch McConnell, the minority leader of the Senate, stated that Senate Republicans are prepared to adopt a full-year budget package next week, with certain conditions.
“If a truly bipartisan, full-year bill without poison pills is ready for final Senate passage by late next week, then I’ll support it, for our armed forces particularly. Otherwise, we’ll be passing a short-term continuing resolution into the new year,” he said, according to Roll Call.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the bill will include “wins for both sides” that will include “funding for our friends in Ukraine.”
The Biden administration wants $37.7 billion in aid for Ukraine to be included in the package.