• McConnell Pushes House on Budget
  • March 18, 2016
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • In a private meeting with the House GOP, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urged his colleagues in the House to send a budget over to the Senate.

    McConnell told House Republicans that he wants to devote three months of floor time to appropriations bills, but he reminded them that all revenue bills must originate in the House as required by Article 1 Section 7 of the Constitution.

    McConnell isn’t alone - GOP leaders in the House want to move a budget, however, House conservatives are skeptical.

    Some of the skepticism from House conservatives is actually based on their belief that McConnell and leaders in the Senate won’t actually move individual appropriations bills this year, despite McConnell’s assurances that is what he intends to do.

    Republican Study Committee Chairman Bill Flores has been among the voices advocating a lower House budget, and on Tuesday his group released its guidelines for what a spending plan should look like, including that it should reduce discretionary spending.

    That the position is now official will make it even harder for leaders to peel off enough GOP votes to pass a budget at $1.07 trillion. That has some opening up to the possibility of passing a budget at a lower number, even if it’s not perhaps as low as the House Freedom Caucus wants to go.

    “We have to pass a budget. And we have to find a number that brings broad consensus to our members,” Republican Policy Committee Chairman Luke Messer said. “To me, the most important number is 230-plus members voting for the budget. I still believe we’ll find a way to get that done.”