President Trump should insist on 14-day continuing resolution to allow full review of 1,000-page funding bill

Feb. 13, 2019, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging President Donald Trump to insist on a 14-day continuing resolution while the details of the omnibus spending bill are reviewed:

“The devil is in the details, and this is particularly true when discussing 1,000-page bills that may have poison pills in them which could put the President in jeopardy should he seek to exercise his executive authority to move funds for additional ICE detention beds, or seek to build additional steel barriers along the southern border utilizing other funding streams. A single, unnoticed line in a thousand-page bill can be the catalyst for future legal problems and as a result, the President and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should push and get a 14-day funding bill to allow the behind closed border deal to receive full scrutiny.

“A 14-day continuing resolution would allow the House to go on their scheduled district work period and return to D.C. with a full week to work through amendments that will be needed by the Senate and White House to get the bill passed and signed into law.

“In politics trust is everything.  This President has no reason to trust that Speaker Pelosi did not insert trap language into the bill, and he would be wise to verify that the proposed legislation is free from language that would prevent meaningful action to address the crisis at the border.  While everyone would like to see this drama finally come to an end, it is better to get it right than to regret signing the bill later.”

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