House Republicans Launch Bold Bid To Slash Funding For Biden Administration Offices

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 07 November 2023 23:59
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The Republican majority in the House of Representatives is making a concerted effort to cut funding for a range of offices within the Biden administration.

This move is being executed through a series of amendments attached to a government funding bill due for consideration this week.

The House is set to discuss the Financial Services and General Government fiscal year 2024 appropriations, a bill that outlines funding for the Treasury and the executive office of the President, among other departments. The Republicans are using this as a strategic opportunity to challenge the Biden administration on key progressive policy areas.

One such amendment, proposed by Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., seeks to stop funding for the office of Vice President Kamala Harris. Several other amendments are aimed at the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. In a bold move, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., has proposed an amendment to reduce the salary of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel to a mere $1.

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The Offices of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (ODEIA) within the Biden administration have also been targeted by the GOP's cost-cutting proposals. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., has proposed an amendment to defund the Treasury's ODEIA, while Rep. Harriet Hageman, R-Wyo., has targeted the Office of Personnel Management with a similar amendment.

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Freshman Rep. Russell Fry, R-S.C., has submitted an amendment to halt funding to the Treasury's Climate Hub, an office tasked with helping the department formulate and coordinate its strategy on climate change.

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The House Republicans have committed to passing 12 individual spending bills for fiscal year 2024, each targeting a specific area of the federal government, in order to fund U.S. priorities.

The previous fiscal year concluded on September 30, and with Congress unable to reach an agreement in time, a short-term funding extension was passed, set to end on November 17.

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