Sep 09, 2016

Statement on Growing Opposition to Lame-Duck Spending Bill

Post by Geoff Holtzman

Arlington, VA – Opposition to the Reid-Obama lame-duck spending plan continues to grow with Republican Study Committee Chair Bill Flores (R-Texas) indicating that it likely wouldn’t pass the House of Representatives. He joins more than a dozen lawmakers from the House and the Senate who agree that taxpayers deserve better than a lame-duck spending spree.

Freedom Partners senior policy advisor Andy Koenig issued the following statement:

“Freedom Partners is proud to stand with lawmakers who support a clean continuing resolution to fund the government into next year in order to avoid the unaccountable spending that would otherwise come in the lame duck. Chair Flores’ statement reflects the reality that there is a growing sentiment that punting a trillion-dollar spending bill into the lame duck is a bad idea that will only empower lawmakers and a president who are on their way out. We encourage fiscally responsible members of the House and Senate to embrace this approach to ensure their constituents don’t take a back seat to special interests.”

Last week, Freedom Partners joined with Americans for Prosperity and a coalition of over 30 free-market groups in an effort to stop lame-duck spending and corporate welfare.

Read the letter here.


Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX).  “‘I’m not a fan of kicking things into a lame-duck session,’ Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican, said Thursday. ‘If you held a gun to my head and made me choose the length of the [continuing resolution] as the last option, I’d say let’s kick this over into the first part of next year.’” (Seung Min Kim & Ben Weyl, “Congress Already Bickering Over Bill To Avoid Shutdown This Fall,” POLITICO, 7/14/2016)

Finance Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT). “Finance Chairman Orrin G. Hatch said he also would prefer a six-month stopgap. ‘I’d rather do the CR into March,’ the Utah Republican said.” (Paul M. Krawzak & Kellie Mejdrich, “Top Senate Republicans Lean Toward Six-Month CR,” CQ, 7/14/2016)

Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD). “’I mean, if it were me and we were going to do a CR, I would probably want to push it into next year, yeah,’ Thune said.” (Kellie Mejdrich, “McConnell: Work on Spending Bills Will Stretch Into September,” CQ, 6/21/2016)

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). “‘I agree at least into March,’ he said. ‘I’d favor getting a new administration with its feet under. See what their priorities are. Hopefully we’d be getting our financial house in order.’” (Paul M. Krawzak & Kellie Mejdrich, “Top Senate Republicans Lean Toward Six-Month CR,” CQ, 7/14/2016)

Republican Study Committee Chair Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX). “I don’t see [a short-term CR] passing the House.” (Kelsey Snell and Mike DeBonis, “Senate prepares to move quickly on spending bill to prevent government shutdown,” The Washington Post, 9/7/2016)

House Freedom Caucus Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH). “‘Congress should not be making another long-term spending deal with President Obama and Harry Reid’” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, a faction of about 40 uber-conservative House Republicans, in an emailed statement to Morning Consult. ‘Taking away that leverage by passing a CR into March is something that Republicans should consider.’” (Jon Reid, “Koch Brothers Network Urges Long-Term Spending Bill,” Morning Consult, 8/3/2016)

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC). “What does it say to the public when we say, ‘We don’t have the nerve and the political will to take up big issues before the election, but we’ve got the will to do it right after the election when we’re not accountable?’” (Michelle Cottle, “Fear of a Zombie Congress,” The Atlantic, 4/22/2016)

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). “’I will only vote for a continuing resolution that stretches into next year,’ said Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, speaking Thursday before reporters on Capitol Hill.” (Josh Siegel, “House Conservatives Don’t Want a ‘Lame Duck’ Obama to Have Say on Government Funding,” The Daily Signal, 7/7/2016)

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). “‘If you look at these lame ducks, you know, the American public gets screwed,’ Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), the Freedom Caucus member leading the charge against the postelection session, told The Huffington Post last week. ‘Increased spending, all these favors that we got to do for people – it’s got to stop.’” (Matt Fuller, “House Conservatives Are Trying To Kill The Lame-Duck Session,” The Huffington Post, 3/30/2016)

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY). “Others, such as Massie, don’t want Congress to reconvene at all after the election. ‘I think the American public would be safest if we did not come back for a lame-duck session,’ he tells me.” (Michelle Cottle, “Fear of a Zombie Congress,” The Atlantic, 4/22/2016)

Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA). “The CR is going to be the main issue that we have to grapple with, and the House Freedom Caucus is fairly supportive of the idea that we don’t want to end up in a lame duck – so we’re going to push pretty hard for the March date.” (Juliegrace Brufke, “Ryan, McConnell’s Failure To Get Regular Order Budget Sparks Infighting,” The Daily Caller, 7/12/2016)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). “‘I think we should avoid a lame duck session,’ said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, in the briefing for reporters Thursday. ‘You’ve got Harry Reid leaving, you’ve got President Obama leaving, and this is a chance to just line up the Christmas tree for all the wants for the future. We need to really to avoid that happening. There’s too many people that would love to make deals to just overwhelm the American public and we do not need that to happen if we are going to salvage this little experiment in democracy.’” (Josh Siegel, “House Conservatives Don’t Want a ‘Lame Duck’ Obama to Have Say on Government Funding,” The Daily Signal, 7/7/2016)

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). “‘I’m in favor of having the most critical legislative issues brought up early this summer long before any lame-duck session,’ Meadows said. ‘Consequential pieces of legislation should not be considered after an election by individuals who are no longer accountable to the people.’” (Philip Wegmann, “Conservatives Fear the Lame Duck but Aren’t Ready to Kill It,” The Daily Signal, 4/4/2016)

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA). “Members of the House Freedom Caucus told CQ in July that they’re willing to accept the $1.067 trillion spending level in exchange for punting spending beyond the lame-duck session. One member, Morgan Griffith, R-Va., said he would have even accepted the slightly higher $1.07 trillion level – but only if GOP leaders had brought up a six-month CR for a vote before the summer break, which didn’t happen.” (Ryan McCrimmon, “Five Top Questions About a Continuing Resolution,” CQ, 8/8/2016)

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA). “‘I don’t like lame duck sessions, I don’t think lame duck sessions are any good. I don’t think you should have them, because there’s a lot of people who vote in a lame duck session who aren’t really accountable to anyone,’ Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) told TPM.” (Lauren Fox, “As Election Looms, GOP Leaders Rein In Conservative Hill Shenanigans,” TPM, 9/8/2016)

Rep. Steve King (R-IA). “‘I don’t want to set us up to put our neck in the chopping block,’ Rep. Steve King (R-IA) told TPM. ‘We want to bring this into the next year. We don’t want to set this up for the leverage that would come in lame duck.’” (Lauren Fox, “As Election Looms, GOP Leaders Rein In Conservative Hill Shenanigans,” TPM, 9/8/2016)