(Tea Party PAC) – Republicans will be taking control of the House of Representatives at the start of the new congress on Jan. 3, 2023, leaving Democrats frantic to use their remaining time as the majority to cram through four pieces of crucial legislation for their radical agenda.
Democrats have to get passed federal and Defense Department funding packages but they’re also hoping to get election reform through (despite insisting US elections are totally secure and up to par) along with same-sex marriage legislation.
A Republican majority in the House would surely pour cold water on both the latter pieces of legislation and would greatly change the first two. The House is scheduled to end its term on Dec. 15 while the Senate is scheduled to adjourn on Dec 21, although Democrat leaders have the option to extend the session up to Jan. 3, 2023, when the new Congress would be sworn in.
As is the case every year, Congress must pass a federal funding package by Dec. 16 to avoid government shutdown. Punchbowl News reports that some within the Democratic Party are considering taking a week-long continuing resolution that would allow them more time to negotiate funding.
With Republicans taking control at the start of the new year, it seems unlikely they’ll be on board with a full year of funding. This would mean that lawmakers could pass a continuing resolution that would last into 2023.
The Biden regime has requested billions in funding that Republicans are not likely to go along with such as $9 billion in COVID-related funding despite Biden having declared the pandemic is over, yet being unwilling to relinquish emergency powers.
In addition, the Biden regime is also seeking $20 billion for general disaster relief and $37 billion in military and economic “aid” to Ukraine.
Some are putting pressure on Congress to get the funding packages passed without continuing resolutions, such as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin who wrote a letter to congressional leaders urging them to get it done.
“The CR costs us time as well as money, and money can’t buy back time, especially for lost training events,” Austin asserted. “We must break this pattern of extensive inaction. We can’t outcompete China with our hands tied behind our back three, four, five or six months of every fiscal year.”
The Daily Caller points out that Congress has passed the NDAA on time for 61 straight years, so it’s unclear what Austin is referring to when he says “extensive inaction,” nonetheless, the $847 billion Senate packages includes an inflation-tied pay increase for service members, funding for rare Earth mineral procurement, nuclear modernization and conventional weapons stockpile replenishment.
However, there could be numerous Democrats in the House that oppose the 2023 NDAA over its increase in top-line spending. There were 51 House Dems who opposed the 2022 version of the bill and Pelosi would likely need Republican support to pass the package, which she is not likely to get.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has already declared that Republicans will not support it because it fails to combat “woke-ism” in the US military while other Republicans want the bill to include a provision for military members who were discharged for refusing to take the COVID vaccine to be reinstated.
Aside from funding packages, Democrats are also hastily trying to push through election reform in the form of the Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act.
The bill comes from Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins and it would limit the ability of members of Congress to object to electoral count slates. The Daily Caller explains, “It raises the threshold necessary for Congress to consider an objection from one representative and one senator to one-fifth of each chamber. The legislation also states that members may only object to electors who ‘were not lawfully certified’ or whose votes were not ‘regularly given.’”
Fifteen Republican Senators support the bill giving it a pretty good chance of becoming law.
Finally, Democrats want to get same-sex legislation passed and already have the support of 12 Republican Senators who voted with all 50 Democrats to begin debate on the Respect for Marriage Act. The legislation passed the House with significant GOP support over the summer.
However, the legislation, as several Republicans have argued, does not provide enough protection for religious liberty and is, quite frankly, a threat to religious freedom in the US. Utah Sen. Mike Lee is pushing for an amendment that would change that but it would require 3 Republicans to flip their votes in order to enforce the filibuster.
Now would be the time for Republicans to put their foot down and refuse to give Democrats another inch. We’ll see how it plays out in the coming weeks.
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