For years, instead of passing one bill that includes all 12 of the annual appropriations intended to fund the basic operations of the federal government each year, Congress has passed a short-term “continuing resolution” to keep funding at previous levels.
According to the Washington Times, one group of House conservatives is calling for an end to the current process, as every time Congress is not able to pass a “continuing resolution”, it sends the government into a partial shutdown.
The Republican Study Committee says they’ve been “outmaneuvered” in recent government shutdowns – the last being in 2013, when they requested changes in ObamaCare, and Senate Democrats refused, shutting down the government for 16 days and laying the blame on Republicans.
The Washington Times noted that again this year, President Trump and the GOP “caved” on nearly all their spending requests for 2017, for fear of being blamed for another government shutdown.
RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), stated Friday, “The game of financial and political brinksmanship has yielded few, if any, victories for conservatives. We cannot keep punting this problem and should be proactive rather than reactive.”
The RSC is calling for one massive spending bill to be brought up this summer, or at least well in advance of the October 1 deadline, for having government funding established for the next fiscal year.
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