Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is spiraling towards another clash with Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) over the year-end spending deal.
Scott, the chairman of the Senate GOP campaign organization, is currently pushing for a long-term continuing resolution that would fund the general government to 2023. In this effort, he is teaming up with Sen. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.
In the op-ed published by FOX news, the two wrote that it was time for Republicans to demand from Congress a continuing resolution [CR] which would help maintain the current federal spending. As they wrote this would be until “a new Congress begins.”
The three men are hoping that Republicans would control both the House and possibly the Senate next year. This would also give them more influence over the spending package funding the government.
McConnell, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, did not yet give his opinion even though on Wednesday GOP Senators had a private meeting to discuss this.
Several Republican senators have previously said that McConnell is hoping to pass a year-end omnibus spending bill before the 117th Congress ends. Still, McConnell himself has not discussed these plans.
One Republican senator also noted that Scott should “mind his business” instead of challenging and second-guessing McConnell.
In the op-ed, they also said that no Republican should support the Democrat’s plans to fund 87,000 new IRS agents.
Regarding this whole incident, one Senate Republican aide said that “Scott, Cruz, and Lee are show horses” and that they are not known to pass bills.