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GOP budget deal getting party noes

12 House Republicans opposed so far by Amy B Wang, Marianna Sotomayor and Mariana Alfaro The Washington Post | September 19, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

A deal to temporarily fund the government that House Republicans announced Sunday is already facing pushback from hard-right members of their party, complicating the path that GOP leaders had hoped would avert a government shutdown at the end of the month.

As of Monday morning, at least a dozen Republicans had publicly expressed opposition to the continuing resolution negotiated by members of two GOP factions over the weekend -- from posting on social media a simple "NO" to "I'm a HARD NO!" to slamming the short-term funding bill as "a continuation of Nancy Pelosi's budget and Joe Biden's policies."

The proposed legislation would keep the government running until Oct. 31 and trigger a 1% cut to current fiscal levels, according to the plan released just before lawmakers were briefed Sunday evening. The 1% cut is an average for the federal budget. The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs would not receive any cuts, while other government agencies would have their budgets slashed by 8% until the end of October.

Among those lawmakers who said they would not support the continuing resolution was Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., a hard-right Republican who has become a strong ally of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Greene criticized the bill for not including enough conservative policies, including a divisive program to verify workers' immigration status.

"No policy riders in the CR. So it's all the policies from last year's Democrat appropriations, with an 8% cut," Greene posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, late Sunday night. "Plus the border bill, but no E-Verify. I'm a NO."

The hard right's growing public opposition to the continuing resolution proposed by GOP lawmakers undercut what had been seen as a small victory after a chaotic week for the House Republican Conference. McCarthy has been hoping to show a united conservative front ahead of inevitable negotiations with the Senate.

On Monday, McCarthy hinted that the House would remain in session through the coming weekend, a signal that Republican leaders will need a lot of time to build support for a government funding bill. Congress has a Sept. 30 deadline to reach an agreement on funding next year's budget or much of the government will shut down.

"This isn't the 30th [of September]. We've got a long ways to go. We've got a lot of different ideas," McCarthy told reporters when asked whether he would be open to working with Democrats to pass a stopgap funding measure. "Inside our conference, we can work on this and we can get this solved."

He also downplayed the opposition within his party to the continuing resolution, suggesting that perhaps some of the holdouts had not yet read the bill. The speaker repeatedly emphasized that the continuing resolution package had been developed by ideologically diverse members of the House GOP.

"We put together a number of members. I led it bottom-up," McCarthy said, rattling off the names of those who had worked on the package: Reps. Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Stephanie I. Bice of Oklahoma, and Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, from the pragmatic Main Street Caucus; and Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Chip Roy of Texas, and Byron Donalds of Florida, from the Freedom Caucus.

Their goal now, McCarthy said, was "explaining to all the members" why a 30-day continuing resolution was critical for the GOP's appropriations bills.

"We've got the most conservative bills," McCarthy said. "We want to make sure we're able to cut spending and secure the border. So we're going to talk to our conference to be able to see if we can move forward."

McCarthy cannot afford to lose much support from his party to get the necessary 218 Republican votes for the bill to pass. Because of medical- and family-related absences, McCarthy's four-vote margin in the House could be even smaller in the coming days. Among those likely to miss a vote this week is Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla., who is recovering from surgery.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla., who had a baby last month, has indicated that she will fly back to Washington if needed -- to vote against the continuing resolution.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who would support a continuing resolution and is undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, said last week that he would go so far as to receive chemotherapy in the House to make sure he was present for a vote. Given the conservative provisions included in the proposal, Democrats are not expected to help pass the bill.

Information for this article was contributed by Leigh Ann Caldwell of The Washington Post.

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