Hardline Republicans ease on spending cuts

by ian

Looks like the House Freedom Caucus is softening its demands for spending cuts.

Caucus Chair Scott Perry (R-Pa.) says he’s willing to cap spending levels at the $1.59 trillion agreed to by President Joe Biden and then-Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) earlier this year.

Freedom Caucus members previously wanted to cap spending at $1.47 trillion. Perry says members now realize that’s not going to happen. But Texas Congressman Chip Roy says they aren’t going to budge on the new higher number.

This comes as Congress has until January to pass all 12 appropriations bills or risk a partial government shutdown.