WASHINGTON (Fwrd Axis) — The House Republican conference reached a tentative agreement Sunday to keep the government funded until October 31 and avoid a shutdown, sources with knowledge told Fwrd Axis.
House Republicans reached a tentative agreement between the far-right Freedom Caucus and the center-right Main Street Caucus. The bill, which is focused on cuts to domestic spending, is also being paired with conservative border security measures.
However, the controversial immigration provisions will more than likely ensure a fight among House Republicans, making it possible the bill may not even pass in the House. If the legislation passes, it is almost certain to be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate.
The bill as written would impose an 8% cut to domestic spending with exceptions for the military and veterans funding. The bill also includes a majority of the Secure the Border Act of 2023, a big priority for Freedom Caucus members. It is notable it fails to mention any Ukraine aid or disaster relief, a request by the White House along with members from both parties.
It still remains to be seen if the bill will pass the House. With Democrats set to vote against it, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy can afford no more than four votes.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a top Trump ally, along with Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) quickly came out against the bill.
“I will not support this 167-page surrender to Joe Biden,” Gaetz said.
“No CR. Pass the damn approps bills. Roll back the crazy bureaucracy to pre-COVID levels. Now,” Bishop said on social media.