Some conservatives accepted what many of them consider toxic policy issues in the current spending cycle because they were buried within the take-it-or-leave-it omnibus rather in stand-alone bills. It’s unclear whether tea-party-aligned appropriators will accept separate fiscal 2015 spending bills that fund agencies unpopular with their base, such the EPA and the IRS in the interest of Rogers’ goal of “regular order.”
But some conservative members have settled into what they describe as liaison roles between the spending panel and other rank-and-file conservatives. They said they aim to explain the importance of passing spending bills rather than relying on continuing resolutions.
Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston, R-Ga., one of the most conservative of the cardinals or subcommittee chairmen, said that will help bridge the divide between older and newer Republicans.
“So few members of Congress have actually seen a full appropriations cycle with 12 bills individually brought forward on the House floor with lots of amendments and good debates. The rank-and-file members just don’t understand the advantages of regular order, so these newer members on the Appropriations Committee realize this and they’re trying to see what they can do to better sell the appropriations process to everyone who’s never seen it in action, and I think that’s a really positive thing,” he said.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with Faye, a pot belly pig, after a news conference held by Citizens Against Government Waste at the Phoenix Park Hotel to release the 2015 Congressional Pig Book which identifies pork-barrel spending in Congress, May 13, 2015.