Republican senators are speaking out against Democrats’ efforts to pass a huge spending bill before Jan. 3, when the GOP retakes the House majority.

“The American people voted for a Republican House, and it would be a slap in the face to those voters for Republicans in the Senate to allow [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi to set the agenda for the next 10 months with a huge omnibus spending bill,” Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., told The Daily Signal in an email.

“I always vote against [continuing resolutions], but in this case I would support a [continuing resolution] that takes us up to Jan. 3 so the GOP House can negotiate this bill instead of Speaker Nancy Pelosi giving us another 10 months of the Biden agenda,” Braun said of the California Democrat.

Braun weighed in on whether the omnibus spending bill could pass before the next Congress convenes and warned of the political consequences Republicans could face in future elections should a spending bill pass during the lame-duck session.


“Well, politically, that has not occurred, I think, in 50 years where the House changed in terms of who was running it to where you would have done this at the tail end of a calendar year,” Braun told The Daily Signal in a separate phone interview in which he cited the position of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., expected to become the next House speaker.

“It’s never happened, so why [are we] helping orchestrate that, especially when McCarthy has been as clear as anyone can be? Bring it over to us next year. Don’t do this as a going-away present for Nancy Pelosi,” the Indiana Republican said, before adding Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to the equation.

Braun added:

And then that would beg the question, why would the main appropriators in the leadership on our side of the aisle in the Senate want to help Schumer and Pelosi out?

Yes, I think there’ll be political consequences. I think it’s going to be another thing that disheartens a lot on our side, my side of the aisle. And I think that shows up in political results down the road. So [it’s] all part of a complicated dynamic.

The office of Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., told The Daily Signal in an email that he would not support a spending bill before the new Congress, and his goal is to “stop any bill until the new Congress.”

Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rick Scott, R-Fla., also have urged against passing a spending bill before the new Congress, notably in a Fox News op-ed earlier this week.

“It’s time for Republicans to stand together and force Democrats to compromise. We cannot cave and give Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., a multitrillion-dollar gift right after she’s been fired as speaker of the House,” the senators wrote. “To ignore the clear results of the recent election by locking in and fully funding the Pelosi-Schumer spending agenda just weeks before the new Congress begins would be an unforgivable betrayal of the will of American voters.”

“The American people have made their voices heard. It’s time to end the madness and get our house in order, before it’s too late,” Lee and Scott added.