20 GOP Senators Led by Rick Scott Vow to Block Bills Not Related to Funding Government

Thu Oct 5, 2023 AT 9:16 AM EDT

Facing a pileup of spending bills and a possible government shutdown, 20 Republican senators led by Sen. Rick Scott of Florida say they will delay any legislation moving on the Senate floor that does not relate directly to funding the government.  

Scott circulated a letter at the Senate Republican lunch Wednesday warning Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that GOP lawmakers will not tolerate further delay to the annual appropriations bills, none of which has yet passed the Senate.  

“Nothing can stand in the way of this work. For this reason, we the undersigned senators pledge to withhold our support for any vote to proceed to items unrelated to appropriations bills,” the senators wrote. 

The GOP senators are warning Schumer not to bring any non-appropriations bills to the Senate floor because they fear that letting the spending legislation pile up until December will inevitably lead to Congress passing another massive omnibus spending package. Read Full Story

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