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House Freedom Caucus Threatens Another Government Shutdown Over Border Crisis

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus have signaled their willingness to let the federal government shut down again if they do not get their demands on increasing security measures on the southern border.

Axios reports that the Freedom Caucus plans to oppose a stopgap funding bill unless it is amended to include more funding for border security, as well as additional measures such as cutting funding for the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ), and eliminating the teaching of far-left and “woke” policies at the Department of Defense.

“We refuse to support any such measure that continues Democrats’ bloated COVID-era spending and simultaneously fails to force the Biden Administration to follow the law and fulfill its most basic responsibilities,” the caucus said in a statement. “Any support for a ‘clean’ Continuing Resolution would be an affirmation of the current FY 2023 spending level grossly increased by the lame-duck December 2022 omnibus spending bill that we all vehemently opposed just seven months ago.”

The deadline to pass the handful of remaining appropriations bills is September 30th. As Congress is unlikely to complete all of the bills in time, congressional leadership has called for the passing of a continuing resolution to extend the deadline.

“If you think we’re going to come in and in three weeks, three partial weeks in September and get the appropriations bills done, that seems unlikely,” said Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the Freedom Caucus.

As such, the Freedom Caucus may try to target even the temporary measure by preventing it from reaching the floor of the House for a full vote, which would increase the chances of a government shutdown.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 25: Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, conducts a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus outside the Capitol to oppose the Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, on Thursday February 25, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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