Republican stop-gap spending measure gains more co-sponsors

Editor’s note: Rep. Tom Graves has announced seven additional co-sponsors to his proposed spending measure, according to a post on his Facebook page. This brings the total to 66 co-sponsors.

Just days after introducing a measure to delay and defund ObamaCare for the upcoming fiscal year, Rep. Tom Graves’ office announced more support from House Republicans for his proposal.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) were forced to delay a vote last week on a Continuing Resolution that conservative members of the Republican conference said would fund ObamaCare. Congress must pass and President Obama must sign a stop-gap spending measure by the end of the month, when the current fiscal year ends, to avoid a government shutdown.

Graves, a Republican from Georgia, introduced the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution on Thursday. This proposal, an alternative to the strategy pushed by House Republican leaders, would fund the federal government a post-sequester levels, with the exception of defense and national security. More importantly, this measure would directly take on ObamaCare, pushing back the law until 2015.

“[O]ur plan will achieve fairness for every American by fully delaying and defunding Obamacare until 2015,” said Graves in a press release last week. “This approach builds upon the Obama Administration’s policy of delaying portions of Obamacare and relieves taxpayers of the burden of funding a program that is not being implemented.”

Introduced with 42 co-sponsors — including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Tom Price (R-GA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) — Graves announced 17 additional co-sponsors to the measure in a statement on Monday, bringing the number to 59, which is roughly 25% of the House Republican conference.

The new list of co-sponsors includes Reps. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Trey Radel (R-FL), Lee Terry (R-NE), and Mike Pompeo (R-KS). The measure has already endorsed by the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, both of which are influential organizations inside the conservative movement.

House Republicans insist that they want to pass a measure that keeps the federal government running, while denying funding to ObamaCare, thus leaving the prospect of a government shutdown in the hands of President Obama. But Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that a government shutdown was inevitable if the House passes any resolution that defunds ObamaCare.

During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), one of the co-sponsors to Graves’ measure, suggested that a “dry run” could come this week, though Republican leadership has yet to support the plan.

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