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House GOP leaders jettison promise to vote on 12 individual spending bills

House Republican leaders are eyeing a plan to bundle the 12 planned spending bills into two or three separate packages to fund the government, FOX News Digital has revealed, adding It has apparently reversed its previous promise to hold separate floor votes.

This is a promise made by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) when Republicans take control of the House after 2022, and has been supported by House Republican leadership as recently as November. .

The right has criticized the last Democratic-led Congress for funding the government through a single large “omnibus” bill, which led to increased federal spending and was split into 12 separate bills. He argued that ordinary members have less voice than voting. will do.

But as the clock ticks down to the first of two partial government shutdown deadlines next week, sources tell FOX News Digital that Republican leadership is currently working on a series of 12 separate bills. He said he is considering switching to a “minibus” spending package.

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House Speaker Mike Johnson appears to have backtracked on his promise to vote on 12 separate spending bills. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Leader Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), the No. ) of not cooperating with the House of Commons. Regarding individual expenditure invoices.

“Since Senate Schumer is unable to pass a separate appropriations bill and the timeline we are working on is tight, all options are on the table, including a minibus appropriations bill,” Emmer said. “Thanks to Speaker Johnson’s leadership, the days of giant omnibus bills are over.”

Current government funding expires in two deadlines, with some agencies and offices running out of funding on March 1st and others ending on March 8th. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) came up with the idea of ​​splitting deadlines to avoid a single deadline. “Omnibus” expenditure bill.

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Johnson told Fox News Sunday in early November that the House of Commons was “committed to bringing 12 bills to the floor,” adding that it “hasn’t happened in many years.”

However, a Republican lawmaker and a senior House Republican aide told Fox News Digital that they are currently eyeing at least two minibuses to embezzle government funds.

“I don’t think the minibus parameters will accurately reflect the two trucks we run. It will probably be smaller than that. Maybe a subset of that, a two- or three-person minibus.” [appropriations] A bill,” the lawmaker said.

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Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy promised when Republicans won the House majority.

The congressman said that while voting on the 12 bills individually is a goal for conservatives, it’s not really a goal for Democrats, meaning that it takes a vote from House Republican leadership to pass something in a divided Congress. pointed out that it would be necessary.

“There will always be some members who refuse to vote on all 12 bills individually,” he said. “These negotiations are more focused on getting a majority of Republicans and a majority of Democrats to vote, rather than getting 216 Republicans to vote, and to get all 12 members to vote. concerns will be less pronounced.”

“I think when they started this they wanted to do three minibuses. I think their current situation is that they think they can do two,” he said.

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The final result would avoid a massive omnibus bill that most Republicans oppose, but Republicans are already considering abandoning their pledge to keep the 12 bills separate. is repulsed by

“I’m not surprised when I look at the calendar and see where things are going so far,” Rep. Byron Donald, R-Florida, told Fox News Digital. [dragged] Like Emmer, he accused the Senate of slowing the process and forcing House Republicans into this position.

“What’s really still discouraging is the way the Senate is dragging out the appropriations process. It’s really disheartening to see how Washington is spending the people’s money, because it’s not starting in earnest early on. “Because there’s no real effort to negotiate and handle business in an orderly manner,” Donald said. “They try to run everything until the end of time and try to force you into a bad deal.”

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House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) said minibuses are “on the table.”

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, told Fox News Digital that overtaking the minibus amounted to a “failure” for Republicans.

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“Last year, we promised the American people that the House Republican majority would reject the Swamp status quo. Part of that promise was to handle government funds in a conservative and fiscally responsible manner, It includes passing each bill,” Clyde said. He said.

“We certainly made progress last year by passing seven spending bills, but I think it’s a mistake to move forward with minibuses and omnibuses to get the job done.”

Johnson’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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