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Spending Legislation Expected to Hit Floor Wednesday

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 02:41 PM

Republicans are expected to delay the release of the spending bill legislation until Monday night, pushing it to the floor for a vote on Wednesday to ensure the government remains open past the Thursday deadline when the current budget expires, The Hill reported.

The late timing of the release is part of a delicate balance to prevent protracted debate and criticism from conservatives who believe it should go to greater lengths to counter the president's executive action on immigration.

"Holding off on the bill's release…allows less time for conservative griping. Coming out of a victorious election cycle, GOP leaders want to move the bill without highlighting the intraparty divisions that accompanied last year's budget fight, which led to a 16-day government shutdown," The Hill said.

At the same time, the leadership was keen to ensure it was released in time so that the Senate had a full day to pass it before the deadline.

The spending bill has become a focal point in the debate about how the GOP should counter the president's executive action on immigration.

Some conservatives insisted that the best way forward was attach language to defund the immigration plans, a move that would have resulted in a standoff with the president on immigration and a government shutdown.

The leadership has been adamant about avoiding that course of action, warning that Republicans would suffer the political fallout.

Under the leadership's current plans, the package will fund most of the government through September. The Homeland Security Department, responsible for enacting the president's executive order, however, will receive funding for just a few months while the new Congress considers its next steps to undermine the president's immigration plans.

Republicans will be dependent on the support of some Democrats to get the bill passed before it goes to the Senate, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has warned that amendments designed to appease conservatives could result in Democrats refusing to back the bill.

"We haven't seen the bill, but [if] there are some very destructive riders in it, that would be unacceptable to us," Pelosi said, according to The Hill.

The spending bill is expected to include over $1 trillion in appropriations.

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Republicans are expected to delay the release of the spending bill legislation until Monday night, pushing it to the floor for a vote on Wednesday to ensure the government remains open past the Thursday deadline when the current budget expires, The Hill reported.
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