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House Freedom Caucus Rips $1.3T Budget Plan

House Freedom Caucus Rips $1.3T Budget Plan
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 March 2018 11:02 PM

The House Freedom Caucus of conservative Republicans on Wednesday ripped the $1.3 trillion budget bill announced by Congress as "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 caucus, chaired by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, said in a statement via Twitter. "This bill barely provides for border security, yet continues to allow federal dollars to flow to sanctuary cities."

Congressional leaders announced the bipartisan budget deal to finance the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year.

Lawmakers have until midnight Friday to approve it and prevent the third government shutdown this year.

The Freedom Caucus praised the bill for including funding to strengthen background checks for gun purchases but did not include "reciprocity for Americans with concealed-carry licenses, something congressional leadership promised would not happen.

"It also fully funds grants that go to Planned Parenthood while making no changes to reduce Obamacare's burdensome regulations on America's families."

The caucus also complained about having less than 36 hours to "read and analyze" the plan, spanning 2,232 pages, before the Friday vote.

"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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The $1.3 trillion budget bill announced by Congress is "not consistent with what we told the American people we would do when they sent us to Washington," according to the House Freedom Caucus of conservative Republicans on Wednesday.
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