Conservatives’ ire over stopgap spending presages budget wars to come – JP


Others who expressed no preference include Mike Braun, R-Ind., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Rand Paul, R-Ky., John Kennedy, R-La., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., and Bill Cassidy, R-La.

Little effect, for now

Democratic appropriators have proposed an end date of Dec. 16, which they hope will provide enough time to reach agreement on an omnibus.

The push for delaying action on an omnibus until next year may have little effect on the end date of the stopgap, since House Democrats may be able to pass the funding extension with little if any help from Republicans. And Republicans will have to reach agreement with Democrats in the Senate.

But the internal GOP disagreements presage further challenges ahead if Republicans win control of the House or Senate. Previous GOP Speakers John A. Boehner of Ohio and Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin faced monumental difficulties in rallying enough Republicans behind some spending bills due to objections from conservatives.

Demands from tea party-backed freshmen and others led to a series of stopgap bills that cut spending in early 2011, almost led to a partial government shutdown, and then resulted in a CR for the rest of the fiscal year for every agency but the Defense Department — with no earmarks.

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