Conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives are putting the pressure on Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) to shake things up with the last-ditch effort to fund the government. They want to tack on a Republican-backed border security bill onto the funding measure, making it a real conservative hot potato!
The House Freedom Caucus, a powerful group of conservative lawmakers, met with Johnson right before the chamber was scheduled to vote on a stopgap funding bill. The caucus wants to make sure that the House Republicans’ signature border bill, H.R. 2, gets included in the final version of the funding extension.
These conservative crusaders believe that beefing up border security is a win for the American people and the country as a whole. They argue that using the funding mechanisms in the budget bill is a golden opportunity to strengthen the border, keep the government open, and make sure those pesky immigration policies are in check.
However, this bold move could throw a monkey wrench into the government’s plans to avoid a shutdown, which is looming just around the corner. Senate Republicans are all set to vote on the funding bill without any changes to border policies, and adding the conservative proposal would definitely muck up the works and could lead to a brief government shutdown.
But these conservatives argue that there’s enough support from both sides of the aisle to make this border security dream a reality. They’re pointing to the 14 Democrats who already joined their Republican colleagues in denouncing the Biden administration’s border policies, saying, “Hey, there’s bipartisan support for this, so let’s do it, folks!”
Now, all eyes are on Speaker Johnson as he weighs his options and looks for the best path forward. And just to make things even more interesting, there’s some bad weather causing House leaders to cancel votes, and the Senate is planning to hightail it out of town after finishing up their business.
It’s a real nail-biter as we wait to see whether Johnson will take a stand for conservative values and fight for the border security bill to be a part of the funding measure. Stay tuned, folks, because this political drama is far from over!