Shutdown, impeachment battles loom as Congress returns to session

by ian


House Representatives are looking at a long list of to-dos now that the full Congress is back in session. The most pressing issue revolves around government funding.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is hoping to garner support in passing a short-term continuing resolution as the Sept. 30 deadline approaches. Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas_, chairman of the Budget Committee for the House, gave Fox News a small rundown of what McCarthy and other Republicans are looking for in such a bill.

However, more hardline conservatives, specifically ones from the House Freedom Caucus, are demanding more be done to rein in government spending and influence. One of these cutbacks focuses on Defense Department policies.

The Caucus wants to cut “woke policies” in the Defense Department such as providing for transgender surgeries and abortions. But the White House has already resolutely shut down any thought that President Joe Biden would sign such an appropriations bill for the Defense Department.

A statement from the House Office of Management and Budget said that if Biden were presented with this exact legislation, “he would veto it.”

But the Freedom Caucus does not seem to be budging on any of its demands, telling various news outlets and reporters that a government shutdown isn’t as scary as it sounds.

Between these demands and the White House’s request for billions more in funding to aid Ukraine, McCarthy has a balancing act to address. But even while all of this is going on, McCarthy also announced the beginning of a House impeachment inquiry against President Biden.

The inquiry could lead to the creation of impeachment articles against the President. But the Senate – even Republican members of the chamber – are not positive these articles will go anywhere.

Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, a leading GOP member in the chamber, cast doubt on whether these articles would even be brought to the Senate floor. He advised the House to “emphasize other things” instead of “doing something they know is unlikely to end the way they would like.”