Who's Bankrolling the Shutdown Showdown? - 2023-09-21

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F0.png Who's Bankrolling the Shutdown Showdown? September 21, 2023, Juliana Broad, EXPOSED by CMD

Far-right House Republicans and related groups have some pretty tall demands for approving a stopgap budget bill and averting a government shutdown. There's only one catch: Their demands have nothing to do with the federal budget.

Recent demands from members of the House Freedom Caucus over budget talks have been spawned by right-wing think tanks and operatives attempting to clothe culture war priorities in financial finery. Caucus members are claiming that they will oppose any short-term continuing budget resolutions unless their demands for addressing "wokeness" in the military, "weaponization" of the Department of Justice and FBI, and building a border wall are met.

The "No Security, No Funding" framework used by the Freedom Caucus for its demands is echoed in materials being circulated by right-wing groups including the Conservative Partnership Institute (or CPI, which effectively provides staffing for the Freedom Caucus), the secretive Council for National Policy's Conservative Action Project, the America First Policy Institute, the Heritage Foundation, Club for Growth, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Family Research Council, and the Eagle Forum, all of which are pushing for a government shutdown unless their ideological demands are met.

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