Lawmakers Eye Stopgap Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown — Radical Policies ‘Stuffed’ Into The Bill

Rep. Jim Banks (R.-Ind.)k Republican Study Committee (RSC) chairman, warns other GOP members that the stopgap spending bill being proposed by Nancy Pelosi and the democrats is stuffed full of funding for radical and progressive policies.

Banks wrote a memo to the other members of the RSC warning them of the potential negative effects of the seemingly innocuous spending bill.

Stopgap spending bills seem to happen often in politics today, but that was not always the case. Prior to the early 1970s, government operations would just continue under the assumption that funding would eventually come through to cover it so that funding gaps, like the one looming on October 1, did not affect government operations.

Early in the 1980s, “funding gaps” became a more complicated political tool because AG Benjamin Civiletti wrote a series of legal opinions that established the basis for government shutdowns. Basically, if the money is not appropriated through the correct means, government agencies have to shut down until it is.

Since then, though funding gaps and government shutdowns have occurred, it is important for both parties that the government does not shut down or they look ineffectual. WIth an October 1 deadline looming and Republicans looking to flip the house and potentially the Senate, it is even more important that the government stay running.

Rep. Banks is warning that passing this stopgap spending bill could be potentially as dangerous to the Republican party in the long run as not passing it could be for the upcoming midterm elections.

The main issue is that the passage of this spending bill could set up Pelosi to pass a “lame duck” omnibus spending bill. Banks explained “that Congress will likely pass a stopgap spending bill, or a continuing resolution (CR), that would fund the government through December 9 or 16. A CR would keep spending levels the same.”

He continued, “House Republicans should consider that Pelosi could try to pass an omnibus spending bill after the November midterm elections when Republicans likely will win back the House and possibly the Senate.” In effect, Pelosi could be voted out of power in 2022 and still control spending and the budget for fiscal year 2023.

Rep. Chip Roy (R.-Tx.) is circulating a letter pledging to oppose any CR that would expire during a lame duck session and Banks is backing that letter.