A drum beat has been going on with little light of day. The debate? Whether this lame duck session will pass a short-term CR or an Omnibus spending bill that will take funding the government through September of 2015. This would preclude any attempts at reining in the government until then. Why in the world after all of the CR’s would we now not do one for a couple of months and attempt to control this out of control government when we will have both Houses of Congress? Deal with the Immigration issue as a separate issue? Obamacare? EPA?
An omnibus spending package funding the government through next September is expected to hit the House floor next week, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told The Hill.
Hing said negotiators made significant progress over the Thanksgiving holiday in crafting a full omnibus bill, which would include appropriations for the entire government.
House Republican leaders are pitching a plan that would fund nearly all government agencies through next September except the Department of Homeland Security. DHS – which oversees nearly all immigration operations – would only be funded until March. That vote is likely to come next week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning. (We know this is not going anywhere and/or is meaningless)
Read more: Politico
The biggest battle is going on in the choosing of the Senate Chairs. Sessions is fighting for Chair of the Budget Committee. He is key to any hope of the Conservatives stopping the Obama juggernaut whether it be Immigration or Obamacare, EPA, you name it.
Two Republican senators are facing off in a bitter battle for the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee, which could turn into a “proxy war” on immigration, Talking Points Memo reported.
In the wake of the GOP taking control of the Senate, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a longtime committee member, is seeking to reclaim his seniority over Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the committee’s ranking member.
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Oh we now hear the Democratic Senators exclaim how unacceptable it would be not to pass the Omnibus bill. How could the government function really? Truth be told, the Senators for years failed to offer a budget as required by law.
But far worse, are our turn coat GOpers starting to sing the same tune.
Update from Weasel Zippers:
Via National Review:
Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, as evidenced by the legislative text currently being circulated.
Sessions said that the proposed language “fails to meet [the] test” established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama’s executive orders.