The number of House Republicans who have vowed to block the recently-passed $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill is now up to 31, Breitbart News reports.
Initially, 13 House Republicans voiced their opposition to the bill in a letter that they sent to their counterparts in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.
In their letter, the House Republicans stated their objection to the spending bill and urged their Republican colleagues in the Senate to oppose it.
The group wrote that it opposes the bill because it continues "the status quo in Washington" by spending money that America doesn't have on things that America ought not to be spending money on.
"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 legislation priority of those senators who vote for this bill – including the Republican leader," the House Republicans wrote to Senate Republicans.
Not long after the release of this letter, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced his support for it, bringing the number of House Republicans in opposition to the spending bill to 14.
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.
Then, after McCarthy made this announcement, several more House Republicans joined the effort to oppose the bill, bringing the number up to at least 31 at the time of this writing.
Several Senate Republicans disregarded the message from the House Republicans by helping the Senate Democrats to pass the $1.7 trillion spending bill on Thursday. The bill passed 68 to 29.
This means that 18 Senate Republicans voted for the bill. Here's they are:
Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Richard Shelby (R-AL), John Thune (R-SD), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Todd Young (R-IN).
The question now is whether there is enough House Republican opposition to stop the bill from going any farther.
Fox News reports:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will push it through along with a short-term funding measure to avert a partial government shutdown that would otherwise take place after Friday, a move that will allow time to process the giant bill covering the rest of the year. House Republican leadership is actively whipping against the bill.
With the current makeup of the House, though, it does not appear that the Republicans will be able to stop the bill.
This is exactly why the Democrats are trying to push it through now, before the Republicans take the majority in the House.