House Free­dom Cau­cus backs off demands for deep spend­ing cuts

The House Free­dom Cau­cus is no longer demand­ing as deep of spend­ing cuts to domes­tic pro­grams and said it would accept the $1.59 tril­lion, appear­ing to final­ly back gov­ern­ment spend­ing lev­els set by the debt deal between for­mer House Speak­er Kevin McCarthy (R‑CA) and Pres­i­dent Joe Biden ear­li­er this year.
The group of hard-line Repub­li­cans had pre­vi­ous­ly been push­ing a top line of $1.47 tril­lion, far below the $1.59 tril­lion bud­get cap agree­ment struck between McCarthy and Biden in June.
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How­ev­er, the House has not been able to pass bills at those low­er spend­ing lev­els. Bills fund­ing the depart­ments of Agri­cul­ture, Trans­porta­tion, Trea­sury, Hous­ing and Urban Devel­op­ment, Jus­tice, and Labor have failed to pass in the low­er cham­ber.
“$1.59 is too expen­sive for many of us, but we real­ized that $1.47 is not going to hap­pen,” said Rep. Scott Per­ry (R‑PA), chair­man of the House Free­dom Cau­cus, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence on Wednes­day, along with sev­er­al con­ser­v­a­tive Repub­li­can sen­a­tors.
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