This week, the House Budget Committee, by a vote of 20 to 16, passed a spending blueprint for Fiscal Year 2017. The budget drama, however, is far from over.
Only two Republicans joined all of the committee Democrats in opposing the budget. Those two Republicans, however, were House Freedom Caucus members Reps. Dave Brat (R-VA) and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN). Additionally, the five other Freedom Caucus members who serve on the budget committee that voted for the spending blueprint, are pledging to oppose it on the floor.
Without support from the 40-member House Freedom Caucus, the trillion-dollar budget proposal will come up short on the House floor. The House GOP can only afford to lose 28 votes to ensure a bill’s passage without Democratic support.
Conservatives and deficit hawks oppose the budget citing the $1.07 trillion spending levels in the bill, which are $30 billion higher than last year. Those figures were agreed to last fall as part of a deal between President Obama and former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
Almost 90 Republicans voted against that deal last fall.