Sharp divisions in Republican House caucus over continuing resolution

 September 19, 2023

The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that House Republicans had agreed on a continuing resolution that would temporarily fund the government in exchange for increased border security.

However, a New York Times article suggests that deal may fall apart as a growing number of GOP lawmakers say that they would rather face a shutdown than compromise.

Indiana congresswoman decries lack of "backbone"

One of the lawmakers voicing dissent is Indiana Republican Rep. Victoria Spartz. She issued a statement that read,  "Unfortunately, real leadership takes courage and willingness to fight for the country, not for power and a picture on the wall."

"The Republican House is failing the American people again and pursuing a path of gamesmanship and circus," Spartz stressed.

"Neither Republicans nor Democrats have the backbone to challenge the corrupt swamp that is bankrupting our children and grandchildren," she asserted.

Rep. Eli Crane says Washington "is addicted to spending other people’s money"

"It is a shame that our weak speaker cannot even commit to having a commission to discuss our looming fiscal catastrophe," the congresswoman declared.

Arizona Republican Rep. Eli Crane expressed similar sentiments, tweeting, "This town is addicted to spending other people’s money. Enough is enough."

Others standing firm against the proposal include North Carolina Rep. Dan Bishop, Florida Rep. Cory Mills, Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale, Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz.

Some Republicans say they will work with Democrats to pass bill

However, their position has received sharp pushback from other members of the Republican caucus, including New York Rep. Mike Lawler.

He expressed support for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy while adding that his critics "don’t know what they want" and "don't know how to take yes for an answer."

"I will NOT support a government shutdown. If they refuse to pass a CR [continuing resolution], I will without them," Lawler declared.

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