Rep. Barry Moore, R-Ala., told Newsmax on Monday that while he "certainly" hopes the House can finish work on all 12 appropriations bills and send them to the Senate in time to avert a government shutdown, he also said that "you can't drain the swamp and fund it at the same time."
"When I was out in the district, one thing the American people are concerned about is weaponization of government, and so certainly there's no sense in continuing funding the resolution levels that [former President Barack] Obama and [former Speaker Nancy] Pelosi and certainly [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer and now [President] Joe Biden love," Moore said during an appearance on Newsmax's "The Chris Salcedo Show." "We've got to stop the weaponization of the federal government, so I hope we can get those 12 approps bills done. I mean, it's been 27 years since we've done it."
"There is a mass of humanity out there that shut down Bud Light that certainly wants us to take a step up around here and fix things, and so we should isolate the DOJ [Department of Justice], we should certainly isolate the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] because you can't drain the swamp and fund it at the same time," he continued. "We've got to step up right here, put some pressure on funding – that's the control we have in the House. There are two things we can do. We can have oversight – we've had our hearings – but we can cut the funding, and so we've got to hold Speaker [Mike] Johnson's feet to the fire and try to get some wins for the Republicans and for those conservatives, the mass of humanity out there that really don't like the rich men north of Richmond. We need to start fixing the government for them."
Congress is facing yet another fiscal showdown – its third this year. If lawmakers do not reach an agreement to fund the government and have it signed into law by President Joe Biden by midnight on Friday, the government will shut down.
Responding to those who would say it's irresponsible to let the government shut down, Moore said, "You cannot bring home the bacon and simultaneously save a nation."
"There is no way you can do that," he said. "It's either one or the other. Why on earth are we continuing to fund these governments that are coming after American citizens? Certainly the $14 billion, we can carve that out of the IRS budget to hire the new 86,000 IRS agents and we can actually give that to Israel, one of our allies in the region. There are ways to fix problems on the globe and around the world if we would just start addressing the issues and quit worrying about this potential shutdown."
"I mean, that is leverage we have," he continued. "Granted, many in our delegation, and certainly in our conference, don't want to see that happen. But Chris, we have a responsibility to the American people. We cannot continue to fund this government that has weaponized against the American people. It's not protecting our own borders; it's looking at protecting Ukraine's. We have to fix it; we have to fix it now. We have it leveraged. We need to move on it."
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