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House Freedom Caucus Chairman Vows to Push Conservative Amendments to Spending Bills

The chairman of the House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday that Republicans should be able to put forth “conservative policy riders” to appropriation bills.

“If we really are about quote ‘regular order’ then that means the ability to offer amendments and push for those policy changes that we think make sense,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told The Daily Signal in an interview.

Asked if it mattered at what spending level the appropriations bills were at, Jordan responded, “We don’t know for certain [if the normal appropriations process will happen]. We will see when these appropriations bills come up. I think there’s a real problem with bringing appropriations bills without a budget, but it [Jordan’s support] also depends on which bill it is.”

Even though the House has failed to pass a budget, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reaffirmed his support Wednesday for moving on spending bills this year, fulfilling one of his goals to pursue “regular order.”

“We will have a functioning appropriations process this year,” Ryan told reporters, according to Politico.

Beginning on May 15, the House can proceed on appropriations bills funding the government’s different departments, even without adopting a budget.

Ryan had hoped to pass a budget that would stick to spending levels negotiated in a deal last year between former Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama.

The House Budget Committee passed a budget resolution that sets total government discretionary spending at $1.07 trillion—as the Boehner-Obama deal called for—but it did not have enough conservative support to go before the full House.

Now, the House is preparing to move on spending bills without a budget.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said Wednesday that theMilitary Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill is “probably” the first spending bill that will make it to the House floor.

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