House Republicans may try to force vote on spending measure
December 14th, 2011
07:58 PM ET
11 years ago

House Republicans may try to force vote on spending measure

(CNN) - House GOP leaders are considering a move that would try to force a vote on a huge government spending bill caught up in the fight over the payroll tax cut extension, according to two Republican members.

In a closed door House Republican conference meeting Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner floated the option of not waiting for Democrats to sign off on a final agreement between the House and Senate on the measure.

Instead, House GOP leaders are discussing combining the spending bills for various government agencies into a single package and having a House vote on Friday. They would then send it to the Senate and attempt to force Democrats to vote on it, or be held responsible for a potential government shutdown. The current government funding measure expires Friday.

Florida Republican Rep. Tom Rooney said leaders have not decided on that course, but are still determining whether they could get 218 Republican votes to pass it – assuming they are unlikely to get much Democratic support. Rooney said GOP leaders also discussed passing a short term funding measure to keep the government funded as negotiations continued, but he told reporters, "I don't sense much love for that. It's another option."

Another Florida Republican, Rep. Allen West, said he supported the idea of the House moving ahead with its own spending bill package so federal agencies would be funded.

"We can't wait," West told CNN.

After the meeting, Boehner insisted that Republican and Democratic negotiators worked out a deal on the government funding bill, but that Senate Democrats are holding action on that measure hostage to negotiations on the payroll tax cut bill.

"It's pretty clear to all of us that President Obama and Senator Reid want to threaten a government shutdown so they can get leverage on a jobs bill because the United States Senate can't pass one," Boehner said.

In order to hold a Friday vote on any spending bill, GOP leaders would need to file the bill by midnight Wednesday.

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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • House of Representatives • John Boehner • Republicans
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dex

    Fire Boehner and the GOP...Congress had lost sight of the people who sent them there! But we will remind them in 2012 by sending them to the unemployment line.

    December 14, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  2. Susan Booth

    If the GOP Congress, AKA mafia, hadn't of tried to sneak in the pipline deal, this would be a non issue. Obstructionists!

    December 14, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Again, political goals ahead of the needs of Americans. Republicans are more damaging to America than any terrorist. Time to throw all of them out.

    December 14, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Why don't the Republicans ad on the use of medical marijuana with there keystone pipeline and payroll tax bill ?

    Why not ?

    We need a statesmen like Randy 'Duke' Cunningham , he had the right stuff !

    December 14, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Logic in LA

    I hope they do and I hope the Democrats respond in kind and all vote NO! This is not about what's right, it's about politics for 2012,
    Imagine the political gains by being able to show MORE spending from the very people that say they are opposed to it. Imagine the political advantage to showing that the Democrats will not play the Republicans games and vote it down.
    It's time to beat them at their own game- they've done it too many times in three years.

    December 14, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. MsPagasi

    Haven't really read the articles yet, but the pic caught my eye. I was scrolling down a page with several articles and noticed this one and how the capitol building looks tilted, as if something is wrong or out of balance, then noticed it was an article about republicans ( I have to admit, I did get a little tickled about that). I kept scrolling and saw a pic that went with an article about Obama. In this one the dome was upright, centered between two lush green trees with a single white male captured in the picture just as he walked past the center of the dome. Hmmm, a little psychology anyone?

    December 14, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Clwyd

    As usual, the twisted double dealing republicans who refuse to compromise and negotiate even though they tell the public that is what they are doing. Do they realize that they are the reason Congress has a 12% approval rating?

    December 14, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    This is why I did not comment on the other article regarding "dropping" surtax on millionaires on the payroll tax cut – Something is not settling with this and I still have NO COMMENT in details at this time.

    I DO NOT TRUST THE REPUBLICANS and President Obama better remain STRONG against them!!!!

    Obama 2012!!

    December 14, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is the GOP unwilling to compromise? Do they see the Democrats as those that should be over run and not listened to? It seems that they don't want to do anything that might give the Democrats any political points.

    December 14, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    The GOP are domestic terrorists, holding the country hostage with their radical extremist fundamentalist ideology. I pray everyday for civil war, the GOP and anyone who supports them need to be eradicated once and for all.

    December 15, 2011 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  11. RobK

    Democrats are trying to bribe those in lower income brackets to vote for them by reducing their taxes, both income and payroll, to zero, and even into negative territory. They will do this by raising taxes on the upper income brackets. There is no free lunch – if you reduce payroll taxes you have to raise income taxes or increase the deficit. Democrats are trying their best to force redistribution of wealth by government fiat.

    December 15, 2011 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    GO House Republicans! We MUST CUT FEDERAL DEFICIT SPENDING!!! Do everything possible to pressure Obama and his Liberal Democrat followers to turn over their "over spending limit" credit cards to the American Taxpayers!

    December 15, 2011 08:10 am at 8:10 am |