Conservatives pitch yearlong stopgap as shutdown nears

By Anthony Adragna | 02/22/2024 01:44 PM EST

Members of the hard-right Freedom Caucus want leaders to abandon efforts toward a fiscal 2024 deal.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-Va.).

(Left to right) House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-Va.) at the Capitol this month. Francis Chung/POLITICO

A group of House conservatives are calling for an update on the status of nearly two dozen possible policy riders that could be included in a deal to fund the federal government — and floating a yearlong stopgap measure.

“If we are not going to secure significant policy changes or even keep spending below the caps adopted by bipartisan majorities less than one year ago, why would we proceed when we could instead pass a year-long funding resolution that would save Americans $100 billion in year one?” reads the letter, led by House Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-Va.).
reads the letter

More than two dozen House conservatives signed onto the letter while expressing fears of a comprehensive governmental funding bill “released at the latest moment before being rushed to the floor for a vote.”


Democrats have already seized on the Republican inability to reach consensus on funding the government as fodder for their candidates in swing seats.