The House is set to vote on legislation to ease a government shutdown as lawmakers prepare for the March 3 start of a new fiscal year.
The House will vote Wednesday on legislation by Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who represents the eastern part of Idaho, that would reduce spending by $1.6 trillion.
But Labrador and other House Republicans will argue that it would do more to help families than to bail out the government.
The legislation would also help stabilize the federal budget, allowing Congress to fund government operations without spending cuts.
A number of GOP lawmakers, including Labrador, have proposed cutting spending in order to help the economy, including by reducing tax rates and lowering interest rates on mortgage debt.
Lebow has been pushing for a relief package for weeks, even as President Donald Trump has sought to avoid a shutdown by negotiating with Democrats.
Trump has been trying to avoid using the federal government to fund his promised wall on the southern border with Mexico, a proposal that has infuriated many in the GOP and Democrats.
The House bill would allow businesses to reopen for business and to continue operations for a full 90 days without any cutbacks, and it would also provide additional money for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans find jobs and provide services such as health care.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, Calif.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black (D, Tenn.) have said that the GOP-backed legislation would not require an agreement by the White House or the Democratic-controlled Senate, as it does not include any spending cuts and it does include a provision that would limit the federal debt.
But the legislation would increase the amount of federal debt the government could borrow for up to $1 trillion to $18.5 trillion by 2025.
Democrats have criticized Republicans for failing to negotiate with Democrats, but they have also called on them to offer the relief bill.
“I would like to see a package of bipartisan relief that meets the needs of hardworking Americans, including families in the hardest hit regions of the country,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement Thursday.
“Republicans are still refusing to negotiate, and we’re ready to deliver.
But Democrats have shown that they will only accept a bill that serves to enrich Wall Street, and will not deliver on the promise to rebuild our country.”
McCarthy has also suggested that the Republican-led Congress should focus on passing a $1-trillion supplemental budget bill that would fund agencies and the military for three months and not the longer-term measure needed to address the nation’s long-term fiscal problems.
The bill is expected to be offered to the House by the end of the week.