Despite promises from top leaders to adopt a different approach, House Republicans have started dreading a trillion-dollar "omnibus" spending bill post elections, according to The Hill.
With the 2016 fiscal year coming to an end on Sept. 30, lawmakers are racing against time to find a solution to keep the government funded in order to prevent a government shutdown.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, along with his team, vowed to extend support for a stop-gap spending measure by pushing for "bite-sized" appropriations bills after Election Day.
The general Republicans, on the other hand, believe the strategy to classify the spending bills into "mini-bus" packages is an ambitious dream.
"In theory, it's a great idea. In practice, it'll be difficult," said Rep. Charlie Dent, reports The Hill.
Meanwhile, a vote on a stop-gap spending bill that was planned to take place Thursday, was pushed back to next week, giving time to senators to continue negotiation, according to The Daily Caller.
Earlier in January, Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to move all 12 individual spending bills, a task which has not been accomplished in over 10 years.
With Democrats blocking appropriations bills, Republican leaders have failed to achieve that goal. The Republicans have now been let with no choice but resort to the passage of an "omnibus" that piles all 12 appropriations bills together.
Few Republicans, however, ruled out passing an omnibus at the end of the year.
"An 'omnibus' is a very unpopular word. Such a package is likely out of the question," Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers was quoted as saying.
Remaining positive, Rogers said the minibus packages could "cover the entirety" of the spending bill.
However, some critics within the party believe there's no way out, but an omnibus.
"I don't think there's any surprise what's going to happen. It's very clear, we're going to have an [omnibus] in December," Rep. Dave Brat told The Hill. "It'll be a disaster budget bill at the end of the year, right before Christmas." Brat called the "minibus" strategy as a "bunch of fancy terminology that just confuses everybody."
Democrats too have criticized the minibus plan, saying Republicans would give preference to their own funds over the Democratic leaders.
"It's crazy," Xavier Becerra, Chairman of the Democratic Caucus said. "They're hoping, by doing these so-called minibuses, that some … will ride through the finish line, and they'll get funded, and then what they'll do is they'll leave the … things they don't like behind, and let those things shut down."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that chances were Democrats could support the minibus strategy provided conditions were met.
"I don't know what the point is of doing minibuses unless they add up to an omnibus. In other words, you can't say, 'We're doing minibuses, which means we're only doing certain bills. We're not doing the whole package.'
"So … if the minibuses add up to an omnibus — if everything is included — [then] we can vote on something like that when we see the whole package. But you can't … go with one bill, use up all the money and say there's nothing left for the others."
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