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Freedom First House Reps Put GOP Leadership on Notice over $1.7T Spending Spree

'The American people did not elect us—any of us—to continue the status quo in Washington, as this bill will undoubtably do... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) Scrambling to gain positive traction on what has been a struggle in his bid for U.S. House speakership,  Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., endorsed demands from 13 conservative House Republicans promising political retribution for any Republican who supported the Biden administration’s staggering $1.7 trillion omnibus bill stuffed with funding for radical leftist grifts and agendas.

Passing the omnibus spending spree, and its underlying leftist agendas, would make it more difficult for Republicans to conduct “meaningful oversight and hold the Biden administration accountable” even though the GOP regains a slim House majority, according to the Daily Signal.

“Senate Republicans have the 41 votes necessary to stop this and should do so now and show the Americans who elected you that they weren’t wrong in doing so,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to their “Dear Senate Republican Colleagues.”

“The American people did not elect us—any of us—to continue the status quo in Washington, as this bill will undoubtably do,” the 13 Republicans wrote.

The letter warned that “we are obliged to inform you that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of this Congress, we will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those senators who vote for this bill – including the Republican leader.”

Several House Freedom Caucus leaders were among the 13 Republican lawmakers who signed the letter, including Reps. Chip Roy, Texas, Scott Perry, Pa., Dan Bishop, N.C. and Andy Biggs, Ariz.

“We will oppose any rule, any consent request, suspension voice vote, or roll call vote of any such Senate bill, and will otherwise do everything in our power to thwart even the smallest legislative and policy efforts of those senators,” the House Republicans wrote.

While reliably swampish Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he supports the spending splurge, McCarthy has opposed it and jumped on board to share the warnings of the 13 Freedom First Republicans.

“Agreed,” McCarthy tweeted. “Except no need to whip—when I’m Speaker, their bills will be dead on arrival in the House if this nearly $2T monstrosity is allowed to move forward over our objections and the will of the American people.”

Other House Republicans who signed the original letter included Matthew Rosendale, R-Mont.; Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.; Ralph Norman, R-S.C.; Bob Good, R-Va.; Byron Donalds, R-Fla.; Andrew Clyde, R-Ga.; and Reps.-elect Anna Paulina Luna, R-Fla.; Andy Ogles, R-Tenn.; and Eli Crane, R-Ariz.

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