Some in GOP Want to Punt Spending to Next Year

May 8, 2024

House Appropriations Committee Chair Tom Cole (R-Okla.) hopes that his committee will know by the end of next week how much funding it plans to allocate for each of the 12 spending bills for fiscal year 2025, which starts Oct. 1. It’s not uncommon for lawmakers to rely on a continuing resolution during a contested election year and finalize spending in a lame duck session.

But some of Cole’s most conservative colleagues want to push any spending decisions into early next year in hopes they will have more conservative support in D.C., Politico reported Tuesday.

“The CR should be into next year, not into the lame duck,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said. “You want to give the new president a chance to weigh in on what we spend and where we spend it.”

Cole seems insistent on trying to pass the bills before then.

“If we win the presidency — and I think we will — I don’t think President Trump should have to worry about the last Congress.”

Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Megan Shepherd

May 8, 2024

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