Establishment Republicans are desperate to cut a deal to avoid a government shutdown.
That means giving away the store to Democrats.
But the backroom deal Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just cut has conservatives fuming.
Republican leadership lives in fear of government shutdowns.
They claim standing up for principle and exercising the power of the purse would hurt their electoral fortunes.
But after the government shutdown to defund Obamacare, Republicans scored a historic midterm victory.
Despite party elites claiming that shutting down the government to stop Obamacare would harm the party’s prospects in the 2014 midterms, the GOP gained an astounding 9 seats in the Senate and 13 in the House of Representatives.
The GOP also netted two governorships and took control of 11 more state legislatures.
This left the party in its strongest position at the federal and state level since the 1920s.
Despite the evidence that standing up to the liberal agenda is a political winner with the American people, Speaker Paul Ryan is on the verge of a government spending deal to fund the entire Obama agenda, 100%.
“House and Senate leaders on Wednesday morning were putting the finishing touches on a deal to avert a government shutdown, fund the government into mid-December and leave town to focus on Election Day.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) huddled twice Tuesday to iron out a dispute over what to do about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Democrats had demanded money to address the lead contamination issue be added to the short-term stop gap measure — called a continuing resolution, or CR — but Republicans say Flint should be dealt with in another bill.
The two worked out an agreement Tuesday evening that involves an amendment to authorize $170 million in water legislation that is expected to pass the House as early as Wednesday. That move appeared to satisfy Democrats seeking assurances that the beleaguered Michigan city would receive federal aid.”
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Senate Democrats were prepared to accept the bipartisan House deal on Flint and said he expected speedy action on the CR to follow.
“I am convinced that there is going to be help for Flint in the lame duck,” Reid said. “They’ve been waiting for help, they deserve help. I am very happy it is going to come.”
Conservatives were furious.
Not only did the bill fund the entire Obama agenda, but Republicans caved into the Democrats’ demands to allow Planned Parenthood clinics in Puerto access money to fight the Zika virus.
Conservatives contend Planned Parenthood will encourage women to abort their children rather than carry them to term and have them live with the possible effects of Zika.
Critics of the deal also argue that by funding the government only to mid-December, the Republicans forfeit their leverage.
The House Freedom Caucus preferred a government funding bill that stretched into March of next year.
By only funding the government until December, defeated members of Congress could pass another omnibus spending bill in a lame duck session.
Like all of his decisions since becoming Speaker of the House, Ryan’s move to cut a deal with Pelosi and Harry Reid protects the Democrats policy agendas rather than advance conservative principles.