Conservative members of the House are increasingly pushing for discussions on initiating impeachment procedures against President Biden and seeking significant budget cuts, even if it might result in a government shutdown.
Their drive for conflict isn’t just directed towards Biden and the Democrats, but also against members within their own party who fear the potential repercussions of such aggressive strategies.
These internal disagreements present another hurdle for Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), whose role is to bring harmony within his group.
“It’s frustrating to hear some in our party express concerns about how the public might perceive a shutdown or claims about defunding certain agencies. We need to use the leverage we have to bring about change. You don’t reward inaction,” voiced Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a key figure in the House Freedom Caucus.
Interestingly, some who have traditionally supported McCarthy are now turning up the heat on him.
For instance, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a known McCarthy supporter, has expressed that she won’t approve any government funding unless impeachment discussions against Biden commence.
On the other hand, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), not known for his alignment with McCarthy, hinted he might push for a vote to replace the Speaker if he doesn’t advocate for probes into Biden and other officials. “McCarthy might find his position in jeopardy if he blocks our path,” Gaetz commented on a social media platform formerly known as Twitter.
Centrist House members argue that there isn’t sufficient proof to warrant an impeachment inquiry. They’re encouraging leadership to collaborate with Democrats to ensure the government remains operational.
The countdown to reach a funding agreement is tight. Upon the House’s return, only 11 legislative days remain before the month-end deadline.
The general consensus suggests the need for a short-term resolution to maintain government operations while annual budget discussions continue.
However, this is challenging, as the House Freedom Caucus has stipulated conditions tied to border concerns, Department of Justice actions, and policy stances within the Pentagon.
Another group, the Republican Study Committee, which represents a significant portion of House Republicans, wishes to align any interim measure with conservative priorities and fiscal proposals that were earlier suggested as a foundation for debt ceiling discussions.
Yet, some conservatives assert that these policy points might be mere distractions.
The budget conversation is further complicated by the White House’s recent request for additional funds, which includes a substantial amount for Ukraine, leading to debate and opposition, especially from right-leaning House members.
Historically, if a government shutdown is attributed to the Republicans, it might prove detrimental, particularly for those in competitive districts.
Democrats are gearing up to place the onus on the Republicans should a shutdown occur. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently remarked about the potential political fallout for the GOP.
Speaker McCarthy has highlighted the negative implications of a shutdown, particularly how it might impede ongoing investigations related to Biden.
However, hard-liners like Rosendale aren’t convinced by such arguments.
In the coming week, the House will review separate budget bills, with the defense budget being a priority. Yet, conservative members might resist backing any budgetary proposals unless they have clarity on the total spending.
The upcoming days seem set for intense debates, with rising concerns of a possible shutdown and mounting pressure on figures like McCarthy.
As the discussions intensify, Rep. Eli Crane (R-Ariz.) took to social media, urging his colleagues to remain resolute. “September marks a month of awareness for spinal injuries. As we approach this budgetary challenge, I hope my peers will stand firm and unwavering,” Crane posted.