Conservatives Do Not Support Another Short-Term, Budget-Busting Spending Bill

November 18, 2019
Washington, DC

Conservatives reject attempts by Congress to pass yet another bloated, pork-filled spending bill.

Congress is currently considering a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government until December 20. This gives Democrats and big-spending Republicans leverage to use the threat of a government shutdown over the holiday as a means to pass budget-busting spending legislation with very little amendment or oversight.

This is the same Swamp playbook we see every year, and each year, it results in massive spending bills put together at the eleventh hour without any transparency, and no opportunity for Members of Congress or the public to read or amend the bill. Worse, Members of Congress are then bullied into passage to avoid getting blamed for a government shutdown.

This is irresponsible governing, and we reject attempts by Congress to follow this approach yet again.

We are particularly concerned given the number of high stakes issues on the table in this year’s spending debate: the pro-abortion language in the Senate Foreign Operations spending bill inserted by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), as well as pending reauthorizations of the Export-Import bank, expiring tax provisions, and other matters that may be added to a giant bill at the last minute.

These issues deserve open deliberation, debate, and amendment. An attempt to jam a bloated spending bill through the Congress while up against a holiday and a government shutdown benefits no one but the Swamp.

We urge Congress to pass a straight extension of funding into the early months of 2020, or a year-long CR, both of which would give the Congress and the taxpayers ample time to review the policies at stake.

Otherwise, we urge conservatives to oppose, and the president to veto, any attempt at a short-term CR that expands the budget-busting status quo.


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