November 7, 2023

White House Says It Will Veto House Appropriations Bill

It would appear that the idea of passing an actual budget before the government runs out of money again is almost null.

So, House Speaker Johnson (R-LA) has floated the idea of a temporary funding bill to keep the government operations while these political games continue to be played.

Regardless of the bill, it would now appear that if it makes it through the House and somehow survives the Senate, Joe Biden will veto the bill.

Not on My Watch

Johnson is trying to change the way Washington does business, but Joe Biden likes things just the way they are.

Republicans are looking for single-issue spending bills, which Democrats do not like at all. Over and above that, the GOP is now reducing the dollar amount that had been agreed to when Biden and Rep. McCarthy (R-CA), then the House Speaker, agreed to the legislation.

The White House is now accusing Republicans of wasting time, stating, “House Republicans had an opportunity to engage in a productive, bipartisan appropriations process, but instead are wasting time with partisan bills that cut domestic spending to levels well below the FRA agreement and endanger critical services for the American people.

“These levels would result in deep cuts to clean energy programs and other programs that work to combat climate change, essential nutrition services, law enforcement, consumer safety, education, and healthcare.”

Among the cuts that the GOP is recommending are cuts to the IRS, White House Executive Office, and White House salaries and expenses.

They also want to cut funding slotted for electric vehicles and the SEC.

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) justified the new proposals, stating, “The pursuit of a job-killing, burdensome and unnecessary regulatory agenda only serves to further bloat a federal bureaucracy that has become too big, too intrusive, and counterintuitive to limited government.”

Johnson just passed legislation in the House to give Biden his requested funding for Israeli aid, but it came at the expense of money slotted for the IRS in the Inflation Reduction Act, which Biden has also rejected.

The two sides are at a virtual standstill at this point, so don’t expect much progress in the very near future aside from temporary spending measures.

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