Trump hails GOP senators' opposition continuing resolution, Manchin deal

"Finally, some Republicans with great Courage!"

Updated: September 15, 2022 - 7:45pm

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Former President Donald Trump on Thursday hailed a trio of conservative Republican senators opposing a plan from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to advance agenda items through a continuing budget resolution.

"Finally, some Republicans with great Courage! Rick Scott, Ted Cruz, and Mike Lee are working hard to stop Chuck Schumer and his favorite Senator Mitch McConnell from ramming through a disastrous Continuing Resolution that would do nothing to Stop Inflation, Grow our Economy, or Restore the American Dream—it would only put Big Government First and give Manchin his terrible deal," Trump wrote in a press release.

"Instead, we need a LONG-TERM Continuing Resolution, so we can deal with the real Emergency at hand, the Radical Left’s destruction of America, and once again, put AMERICA First. McConnell is so bad!" he continued.

Schumer has vowed to use the continuing budget resolution to ram through an energy permitting reform plan in order to honor a deal with West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

Manchin announced in late July that he and Schumer had reached a deal in which the West Virginia Democrat would support the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act in exchange for passing a separate plan to streamline the approval of energy projects that would benefit his state.

Opposition from both Republicans and Democrats in both chambers, however, appears poised to present a significant hurdle to Schumer delivering on his promise. Members of both parties have specifically eschewed the prospect of using the continuing resolution to advance Manchin's deal, though he has expressed optimism that enough Republicans will back the measure to carry it forward in the face of bipartisan opposition.

Trump specifically called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as a party to the effort and praised the Florida, Texas and Utah senators for standing against him.

While the former president has long clashed with the Kentucky lawmaker, Florida Sen. Rick Scott has recently made public significant disagreements he has with McConnell on GOP strategy to reclaim control of the upper chamber.