The bill includes several components aimed at garnering support from different factions within the party. Its main goals are to reduce discretionary spending by approximately 8%, with exemptions for defense, veterans, and disaster relief. Additionally, it incorporates elements from House Republicans’ border bill, such as resuming construction of the southern border wall, restricting access to asylum, and increasing the number of border agents.
This funding deal was negotiated between leaders of the Main Street Caucus and the House Freedom Caucus, and is considered an initial proposal by House Republicans as negotiations continue. However, conservative critics have already voiced their opposition to the legislation. Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) criticized it, stating that a continuing resolution (CR) would essentially continue Nancy Pelosi’s budget and Joe Biden’s policies. He also expressed disappointment that the promise to deliver the 12 appropriations bills made in January has not been fulfilled.
Several Republican Representatives, including Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Tim Burchett (Tenn.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Anna Paulina Luna (Fla.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Victoria Spartz (Ind.), and Andy Ogles (Tenn.), have either declared their opposition to the legislation or are leaning towards voting against it. For more information on this topic, refer to the report by The Hill’s Emily Brooks and Mychael Schnell.