(DailyVantage.com) – The Senate is working furiously to pass a large omnibus bill worth nearly $2 trillion before Congress breaks for the holidays. The legislation needs GOP support to pass, causing a potential party rift. Several GOP members have requested a debate — a signal that they’re willing to vote yes — and then, there are those who not only refuse to vote in favor but are threatening to sink any Republican who does side with Democrats to pass the measure. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is one of the latter group.
On December 19, 13 GOP members, including five who oppose McCarthy’s bid as future House Speaker, wrote a letter to the Senate Republicans. In it, they addressed the omnibus and how Congress is trying to pass a “lame duck” bill. From there, they issued a warning. Should lawmakers pass the omnibus before the 118th Congress swears in, the House lawmakers signing the letter “will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those senators who vote for this bill.” McCarthy endorsed the letter the next day.
13 @HouseGOP to @SenateGOP: “…we are obliged to inform you that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of this Congress, we will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those senators who vote for this bill – including the… leader.”#StandUpForAmerica pic.twitter.com/AVAHmESbKF
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) December 20, 2022
The move received mixed reactions from Republicans. Some feel the letter is posturing. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said it reeked of “immaturity,” according to The Hill. Then, there are those, like Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who chastised Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for advocating the passage of the omnibus.
The bill is more than 4,000 pages long and comes with a nearly $1.7 trillion price tag. It includes funding for several Democrat initiatives and Ukrainian aid.
Now that the Senate passed the bill in a 68-29 vote, do you think the House Republicans will live up to their threats?
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