House GOP reps pledge to block 'any legislative priority' of GOP senators voting for $1.7T omnibus
The omnibus spending bill, released on Tuesday, comes in at 4,000 pages and senators are rushing to pass the bill before Christmas
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A group of 13 House GOP members have pledged to block "any legislative priority" of GOP senators who vote for the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill.
The bill, released on Tuesday, comes in at 4,000 pages. Advocates in the U.S. Senate are rushing to pass it before the Christmas break.
"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 Republican leader," the GOP lawmakers wrote on Monday, referring to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Republicans will have a slim majority starting in January, meaning 13 House GOP members voting against Senate GOP-backed legislation could stop it from advancing through Congress.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy endorsed the strategy, responding in a tweet to the letter Roy and other GOP lawmakers wrote.
"Agreed. Except no need to whip—when I’m Speaker, their bills will be dead on arrival in the House if this nearly $2T monstrosity is allowed to move forward over our objections and the will of the American people," he wrote.
McCarthy opposes the omnibus bill, partly because it covers the rest of the fiscal year 2023. McCarthy said he has been cut out of the negotiations on the legislation. He supports a temporary funding bill that expires early next year, giving the House GOP a chance to pass a spending bill in the GOP-led House.