"Members of the House have introduced more than 3,000 bills so far this Congress," the aide said. "This is one of them," he continued.
"Until [House Appropriations Subcommittee] Chairman Rehberg can muster enough support on his subcommittee to get his draft bill through a markup, that's all it is - a bill that's been introduced by a member of the House. Even if he did succeed in marking up the bill, it has no chance of passing the Senate. The Senate will not agree to kicking hundreds of thousands of students out of the Pell Grant program, decimating programs that train unemployed workers to get a new job, or adopting any of the dozens of radical legislative riders that the Chairman has proposed."
During the debt limit deal, House Republicans and Senate Democrats agreed on an overall funding level for the federal government, much to the dismay of House conservatives who wanted to slash even more deeply into federal programs. But as laid out here, that left the GOP with two sources of leverage: how to allocate the money to various programs, and policy riders restricting executive branch powers.
The idea, again, is that if Democrats don't agree to at least some of this stuff, and the appropriations bills don't pass by late November, there could be a partial or complete government shutdown. Less than a week after Republicans backed off a separate shutdown flashpoint, they've found a new one.
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