Marjorie Taylor Greene shares the reason she can’t vote for the GOP budget

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, on Saturday unveiled a key requirement needed for her to support a GOP budget proposal for the federal government.

Last week, President Joe Biden released a $6.8 trillion budget proposal that called for increasing taxes on the wealthiest individuals and corporations and creating a host of new welfare programs. The president’s proposal currently has lawmakers in Washington, DC squabbling over its specifics. The proposal is considered to have no chance of passing the GOP-controlled house with one New York Times Last week’s report indicating that Republicans are planning their own budget proposal for release in the spring, which is expected to include spending cuts.

Speaking to Steve Bannon, a former aide to former President Donald Trump, Greene, one of the most influential Conservatives in the House, echoed the paper’s report, stating that she would not support any GOP proposal that didn’t “devalue things.”

“It happens when someone like me says, ‘I can’t vote for the Republican budget unless we defund things,'” Greene said Tuesday. “We have to do that. We need to draw the line in the sand and we need to have these tough talks in our conference and get everyone on board. We have a very difficult job to do in the House of Representatives.”

The congresswoman went on to say that it was highly unlikely that House Democrats would relinquish support for any Republican budget proposal, which is a problem given the GOP’s razor-thin majority margin. Greene also accused former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of still controlling the party despite Rep. Hakeem Jeffries assuming the Democratic leadership of the House after the 2022 midterm elections.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Budget Requirements
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican, is seen. The GOP lawmaker recently said she would not support a Republican budget proposal without spending cuts.
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Political analysts and commentators had long expected Republicans to target programs like Medicare and Social Security to cut federal spending. The political unpopularity of such cuts, particularly among older voters in the Republican base, has recently caused the GOP to back away from them, particularly after being brought up on them during Biden’s recent State of the Union address last month.

The Just noted in his report that Republicans unable to target Medicare or Social Security are likely to target “a number of federal programs and agencies whose budgets are controlled by Congress” for spending cuts. The party will also reportedly seek to cut foreign aid and spending on housing programs and introduce new requirements for food stamp and Medicaid beneficiaries.

news week emailed Greene’s press office for comment. news week also emailed the White House for a response to her comments. Marjorie Taylor Greene shares the reason she can’t vote for the GOP budget

Rick Schindler

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