WASHINGTON — Key factions of the House Republican caucus reached a tentative agreement Sunday to temporarily fund the government and avert a planned shutdown at the end of the month, including a conservative border security measure, multiple GOP sources with knowledge of the deal said. .
House Republicans Issued a bill After the far-right Freedom Caucus and center-right Main Street Caucus reached a tentative agreement, the sources said. The deal, which would fund the government through Oct. 31 but include cuts in domestic spending, is expected to pave the way for passage this week of a defense spending bill embroiled in a standoff between Republican leadership and the far right.
If the legislation passes the House, it would solve an internal problem that Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., created while creating a new one. Controversial immigration rules and slashed spending levels are all but guaranteed to die in the Democratic-led Senate.
The bill would cut domestic spending by 8%, excluding military and veterans funding.
It includes much of the Secure Border Act of 2023, which includes a wish list of immigration rules for GOP hard-liners, except for provisions requiring employers to use E-Verify to verify immigration status. Legislation is a big priority for Freedom Caucus members. When it passed the House in May, the Senate ignored it.
Notably, the temporary government funding legislation does not mention Ukraine aid or disaster relief, two priorities for the White House and many lawmakers in both parties.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, trashed the bill as “radical” in a statement, accusing House Republicans of “trying to cut funding to the National Institutes of Health, including funding for cancer research, and cut resources to important allies like Ukraine and Israel.” “Instead of Bilateral Settlement”[s] It may be enacted.”
“It’s time to close the gate and get to work,” he added.
Lawmakers named in the bill include Reps. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Dusty Johnson, R-D., Scott Perry, R-Pa., Stephanie Pice, R-Okla., Chip Roy, R-Texas, and Kelly Armstrong, R-D.
House Republicans, who hold a slim majority, called on Sunday at 8 p.m. to discuss the measure.
It is unclear whether the bill will get enough votes to pass the House. Without Democratic support, McCarthy could not resign more than four terms.
Rep. Don Bishop, RN.C., quickly came out against it.
Rep. Tony Gonzalez, R-Texas, said The bill was released on Sunday evening: “It is clear that a government shutdown is coming. I represent 66% on the Texas-Mexico border – an empty continuing resolution built to win a messaging war that will do nothing to keep America safe.
Earlier in the day, McCarthy urged his colleagues to stop appearing on Fox News.
“A shutdown would only strengthen the Democrats,” he said. “It’s going to give Biden power. It’s not going to pay for our troops. It’s not going to pay for our border agents. There’s going to be a lot more people coming. I really want to get something done.”
Freedom Caucus Chairman Perry said in a statement Sunday night: “HFC members spent the weekend working with the Main Street Caucus on a path forward to fund the government and secure America’s border. We now have a framework for our colleagues throughout the House Republican convention.