Exclusive: One of the nine Republicans vying for House Speaker has come out with a list of five commitments he calls on his fellow runners for the gavel to adhere to.
Republican Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer, R-Ala., released the policy outlines less than an hour before House Republican lawmakers retreated behind closed doors to hear from the nominees for speaker.
This includes a commitment to fund the government through 12 individual spending bills by June 30; impose “real spending cuts” and not “budget tricks”; He refused to pass any short-term temporary financing bills; Giving members 72 hours to read the bill before it reaches the House floor; Perhaps even more important is making sure the GOP caucus is on the same page before a House-level vote takes place.
“Congress has been dragging its feet since before I was elected,” Palmer said. “We don’t need a person or a character, we need a plan.”
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“The American people deserve a Republican Convention that is unified, transparent, and committed to this mission. Before we vote tomorrow, every candidate must commit to these principles.”
On spending, Palmer is calling for specific deadlines that he believes will help keep the government open and funded without relying on continuing resolutions or sweeping spending bills — both of which face broad opposition in the GOP.
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Under Palmer’s plan, the House cannot advance any legislation sent from the Senate after July 30 if all 12 appropriations bills have not passed by then. It would also prevent the House from recessing after July 31 if the 12 individual spending bills are not passed — with the possibility of them being overridden on national security grounds by a two-thirds vote of the chamber.
This comes after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was removed from office shortly after passing a 45-day continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. The fiscal year ended on September 30 with only four of the 12 bills passed.
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He also called for “decentralizing the legislative process and prioritizing the political priorities of individual members” in unifying the conference ahead of the House-level vote.
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This point is especially important now as the Republican candidate for House Speaker struggles to gain enough support to win a chamber-wide vote without Democratic support.
Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, failed in three House votes for speaker after becoming Republican chairman-designate, falling short of the 217 votes needed in any of the rounds. He was removed from the race on Friday.