Republicans Warned Pelosi Likely To Fill Emergency Spending Bill With Leftist Policy Items

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) is sounding the alarm that Democrats are virtually certain to fill the upcoming “emergency continuing resolution” needed to keep the federal government running with an untold number of radical leftist wish-list items.

Banks, who chairs the Republican Study Committee (RSC) is warning this could be Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s last hurrah before the House could change hands after the November midterm elections.

In a Monday memo to RSC members, Banks wrote that “the sun is setting on Nancy Pelosi’s speakership” and called on them to be vigilant against her last-minute attempts to get some more of Joe Biden’s radical agenda enacted as federal law.

He noted that it is all but certain that Congress will pass a continuing resolution to provide the government with short-term funding through mid-December. He also advised his membership that Pelosi may attempt to have the House pass an omnibus spending bill after the November elections but before the new Congress is sworn in during the first week of next January.

Banks also advised the RSC that Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) is sending around a letter calling on House Republicans to oppose any continuing resolution that will expire in the lame-duck period between election day and the beginning of the next Congress in January.

Among the many policy initiatives Banks warned Pelosi is likely to attempt to stuff into a continuing resolution are a pathway to citizenship for Afghan refugees, another $22.4 billion in COVID “emergency” funds, another $11.7 billion in aid to Ukraine, another $2 billion for “green energy,” $4.5 billion in Monkeypox spending, and a bailout for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve that has been drawn down by Biden.

Banks also pointed out that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Pelosi made promises earlier this year to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) that they would include provisions in the next spending measure for relaxing energy permitting.

Manchin exchanged his vote in favor of the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act” (IRA) spending bonanza for the promises of energy permit reforms. That move was an apparent attempt to appease West Virginia voters sure to be highly displeased with his support of the IRA.

More than 70 House Democrats have said they strongly oppose that promise made to Manchin. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has flatly said he will not support any measure that includes the permitting reform promised to Manchin.

Banks told the RSC that they can make the most of the next three weeks by showing voters the true contrast between the GOP and the Democrat agenda. He urged Republicans to make the most of this “last opportunity to explain why Democrats’ agenda has failed” and what they will do differently if they receive a “governing mandate in November.”