House GOP leadership is urging its members to vote against a short-term government funding bill lawmakers are hoping to quickly pass before the upcoming shutdown deadline, The Hill reports.
The office of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) issued a notice to members Tuesday evening encouraging a “no” vote on the stopgap funding bill that is expected to be brought to the floor this week.
“Once again, House Democrats failed to meet the fundamental duty of funding the government despite spending most of the year passing trillions in wasteful spending that has fueled inflation and driven up our debt,” read the notice.
“This one-week continuing resolution is an attempt to buy additional time for a massive lame-duck spending bill in which House Republicans have had no seat at the negotiating table,” continued the notice.
Government funding will reportedly run out at midnight Friday; the bill would prevent a shutdown until Dec. 23 as negotiations for a larger omnibus spending package continue.
Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has indicated that his chamber is ready to vote on the extension as negotiations for the larger bill continue.
The “year-long” measure is expected to comprise over $1.5 trillion in spending, lasting the government until October 2023, per Newsmax.
The Senate majority leader has said that both major parties agree on providing Ukraine with aid in its war with Russia and that he expects the bill to include more funding for the nation.
Schumer in the past has notably attacked the minority of defectors in the Republican Party who have refused to support the war; he said it was “repugnant” of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to obstruct a bill to fund Ukraine back in June.
“…It is repugnant that one member of the other side, the junior senator from
Kentucky, chose to make a show and obstruct Ukraine funding knowing full
well he couldn’t actually stop its passage,” Schumer said at the time.
“For Senator Paul to delay Ukraine funding for purely political motives is to only strengthen Putin’s hand. The majority, the vast majority, of Democrats and Republicans want to see this legislation done, and get it done we will, as soon as tomorrow.”
Senator Paul has remained staunchly opposed to U.S. involvement in the war and has called attention to the current administration struggling to account for some $20 billion in aid sent to Ukraine.
Didn’t someone try to legislatively mandate a special inspector general to scrutinize Ukrainian spending? Oh, that’s right, it was my amendment and most Democrats AND Republicans opposed any semblance of oversight. https://t.co/dYTSpbLi2O
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 27, 2022