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House GOP Will Oppose Another Continuing Resolution if Sent to Chamber

 

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Speaker Pete Sessions (R-TX) expressed his opposition to the passage of another continuing resolution at a recent press conference

 

Washington D.C. - Reports that the House Republican Caucus would oppose another continuing resolution should the Senate send a fourth resolution were proven true as Speaker of the House Pete Sessions (R-TX) announced his decision to reject another potential continuing resolution. The House of Representatives has already passed three separate continuing resolutions in an attempt to prevent a government shutdown while the federal budget continues to stall in the Senate with Republicans and Democrats alike turning the issue into a lightning rod of partisanship. Speaker Sessions was backed by House Majority Leader Charlie Dent (R-PA) and House Majority Whip Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) at a recent GOP House Leadership press conference. 

 

Speaker Sessions was quoted stating, "The Senate needs to get its act together folks. How many more continuing resolutions do we need to pass before the American People can get a budget. It's a clear-cut case of the ineffective government the American People are tired of. The House passed the third continuing resolution with the expectation that it would be the last one we would need before an actual budget was sent to the House for an up or down vote. The House GOP will make good on that expectation and reject another continuing resolution should it be sent our way."

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House Progressive Caucus Condemns CPC Infighting

 

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House Progressive Caucus Chairman Mark Pocan (D-WI) condemned his Senate counterparts over public infighting

 

Washington D.C. - House Progressive Caucus Chairman Mark Pocan (D-WI) criticized the recent split between Illinois Senator Gabriel Gonzalez and the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the HPC's Senate counterpart. Chairman Pocan condemned the public nature of the breakdown and further criticized both sides for continuing to fuel the fallout of the situation via the usage of social media. The HPC highlighted the need for progressives to provide a unified front on key issues that matter to voters rather then breaking apart and descending into personal attacks against one another. Chairman Pocan was quoted stating, "The CPC needs to get its act together frankly. President LeClavers was elected as a progressive reformer and we are the folks who can help deliver that reform. Infighting only weakens our cause and our ability to both effectively bring reform and reject the efforts of the GOP to put this country back in the 19th Century. I encourage Senator Gonzalez and the CPC to rectify their differences for the sake of the cause we all share."

 

Former House Progressive Caucus Chairman Keith Ellison (D-MN) expressed similar sentiments in a press release of his own in which he called on the CPC to put an end to the public feud. House Minority Whip Barbara Lee (D-CA), who had the backing of both Senator Gonzalez and Senator Storm prior to the current infighting within the CPC for the position of House Minority Leader, condemned both senators for allowing their differences to spill into the public eye.

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House Minority Whip Barbara Lee "In a Corner" Over Baudin Nomination

 

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Renowned Progressive Barbara Lee (D-CA) contends with progressive disapproval of Baudin Vice Presidential Nomination

 

(Washington D.C.) - In a swirling new revelation coming out of the Democratic House caucus, sources have revealed House Minority Whip Barbara Lee (D-CA) feels she has been "pushed into a corner" to try and save face by courting fellow progressives and members of the Congressional Black Caucus to support Marc Baudin's nomination for Vice President. 

 

In the past week, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus have hinted at their intention to vote against the nomination of Baudin for Vice President, noting the high-profile opposition he has received in the Senate from progressives which has garnered national attention. "Frankly, Democrats in the House are split on this and it has truly caused a fracture within the caucus" the source told House Insider, "progressives are enraged at President LeClavers for not quelling concerns of high-ranking Senator's and for splitting Democrats on key issues which are favorable to the Democrats which are now causing an intra-party divide." House Progressive's have noted Baudin's support for the Mexico City Policy and his decidedly pro-gun language as key reasons that the CPC and CBC have largely united in opposition to his nomination behind-the-scenes.

 

Democratic leadership, especially House Minority Leader Lisa Sanchez (D-CA), have been working to try and get more Democrats on board with the vote. According to sources, the concern has become a vote in which only a small minority of Democrats and a large majority of Republicans push Baudin over the edge to become Vice President. "As we get closer to the midterms, really, the last thing Democrats want is a Vice President who is a liability for them among their constituents and supporters," one Democratic House staffer said, "it is no wonder there is so much anger over this nomination and, frankly, the President's complete inability to provide any reassurance which has made this a flop." 

 

When reached for comment, the office of House Minority Whip Barbara Lee told House Insider she is "in the process" of reviewing Baudin's record and intends to wait "until the House Judiciary Committee has concluded their deliberations" to make a final decision on her own vote. Her office made it clear, however, that Lee was "fully supportive of the President and his ability to choose who serves alongside him." Currently, the nomination looks like it will pass the Senate with the help of Republicans at which time Speaker of the House Pete Sessions is likely to schedule a final vote. 

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