In an interview on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, on Sunday, September 24, Ohio Republican Representative Jim Jordan delivered a rallying cry for the GOP to prioritize policy victories over internal budgetary conflicts.
With less than a week remaining until the government funding deadline, Jordan emphasized the urgency of the situation.
Currently, the House has only introduced four out of the twelve necessary appropriations bills to establish the government’s budget for the fiscal year beginning on October 1. This leaves a substantial portion of the budgetary framework yet to be addressed.
One of Jordan’s key proposals involves the potential inclusion of provisions in a spending bill that could either reduce or entirely eliminate funding for Special Counsel Jack Smith’s operations.
In the midst of debates over funding levels, Jordan expressed his commitment to fiscal responsibility.
He pointed out that despite navigating a divided government, an agreed-upon funding level has been established, representing a notable reduction from the previous year.
Jordan sees this as a significant accomplishment given the GOP’s control of only one-half of one-third of the government by a mere five votes.
Furthermore, Jordan urged his colleagues to preserve this agreed-upon funding level, recognizing the internal discussions within the GOP conference.
He advocated for a strategic focus on policies that advance the party’s agenda rather than becoming entangled in budgetary disputes.
A prominent policy highlighted by Jordan pertains to preventing the allocation of funds for partisan attacks.
He underscored that allocating resources for the Jack Smith operation, aimed at targeting political opponents, is counter to the principles of fair political discourse.
Turning his attention to the escalating crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, Jordan provided stark statistics. Since President Joe Biden assumed office, an estimated two million immigrants have entered the country and been released.
Operation Lone Star, a multi-agency program dedicated to combating illegal border crossings along the Texas border, reported over 457,500 illegal immigrant apprehensions since March 2021.
These figures underscore the pressing need for comprehensive border security measures.
While Jordan expressed a desire to complete all twelve appropriation bills, he acknowledged the practical constraints of the timeline.
He suggested that a stopgap measure may be necessary, given the limited timeframe. Echoing the sentiments of the Speaker, Jordan advocated for a 30-day continuing resolution that also advances policies beneficial to the entire nation.
In a resolute statement, Jordan emphasized the critical nature of securing the border. He proposed a provision stipulating that no funds be used to process or release new migrants into the country without appropriate measures in place.
Jordan asserted that prioritizing border security is of paramount importance and asserted confidence that the already-passed appropriation bills, though pending votes, will cover a significant portion of the overall spending.