Conservatives Push for Short-Term CR To Avoid Lame Duck Deal
Republicans want to negotiate with President-elect Donald Trump, not President Obama
Coming off a Republican election sweep, conservatives are pushing for a continuing resolution to extend government funding into the next year so that congressional Republicans can negotiate a spending package with GOP President-elect Donald Trump rather than Democratic President Obama.
The Republican election victories puts the GOP “in position just to do a very short-term measure to get us into the new Congress with a unified majority in the House and Senate,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores told Roll Call. Government funding is scheduled to expire Dec. 9.
“In order to give the appropriators time to do their work, you’d have to shoot for something in the latter half of February,” the Texas Republican said when asked how far into the new year a CR would need to go.
Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who is running to replace Flores as RSC chair, told Roll Call that he expects a short-term CR will be filed by the conservative caucus and that he plans to support it.
“As far as I’m concerned, it can go to Jan. 21,” Harris said when asked how long government funding would need to be extended. “I just want Mr. Trump in the White House when we do these budget negotiations.”
Speaker Paul D. Ryan declined to talk about the lame-duck session during a news conference with reporters Wednesday.
“We’re going to coordinate with our president-elect on just what they’re hoping we can achieve in the lame duck,” Ryan said.