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House Freedom Caucus to Speaker Ryan: ‘No way we’ll support massive spending bill’

(National SentinelNo Thanks: House Freedom Caucus chair Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., said on Wednesday that his group of lawmakers will not support a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

In a statement, the caucus said members would not support the bill, called the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, because while it funds Democratic priorities such as sanctuary cities, Obamacare exchanges and Planned Parenthood, it only provides about $641 million for ‘border security’ and no funding for President Donald J. Trump’s proposed border wall.

“he policy proposals outlined in this $1.3 trillion spending bill are not consistent with what we told the American people we would do when they sent us to Washington. Many of the policies in the bill are in fact the opposite of what we promised,” the statement says.

“This bill barely provides for border security, yet continues to allow federal dollars to flow to sanctuary cities. It includes the ‘Fix NICS’ proposal, without including reciprocity for Americans with concealed carry licenses—something congressional leadership promised would not happen,” the caucus continued.



“It also fully funds grants that go to Planned Parenthood while making no changes to reduce Obamacare’s burdensome regulations on America’s families. And on top of the massive price tag, leadership is forcing a vote on this 2,232-page bill in under 36 hours, far from an adequate amount of time to read and analyze it,” said the caucus.

“This is an insult to America’s taxpayers, as well as their many rank-and-file representatives who had no say in the omnibus negotiations.”

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