Key Vote Alert – Senate – “No” on Suspension of Rule XVI to Proceed to the Appropriations Minibus


The Club for Growth urges all Senators to vote NO on suspending Rule XVI to proceed to the Appropriations Minibus. The results of this vote will be included in the Club for Growth Foundation’s 2023 congressional scorecard.

The Club for Growth opposes suspending Rule XVI to proceed to the Appropriations Minibus. Unfortunately, some Senators are trying to make sure the longstanding rules of the Senate do not apply to their big government agenda – while still making everyone else play by the same rules. Senate Standing Rule XVI prohibits members from offering amendments to general appropriations bills, “…to increase an appropriation already contained in the bill, or to add a new item of appropriation…” The Senate minibus, by adding two additional appropriation bills to the underlying text of the Military Construction, Veteran’s Affairs, and Related Appropriations Act as passed by the House, is clearly in violation of this rule. Structure determines behavior, and allowing Senate rules to be broken to advance excessive levels of spending will set the stage for another omnibus spending package. This is an unacceptable and immoral outcome.

The American people deserve relief from the reckless spending policies of liberals in Washington – spending that has supercharged inflation, forced up interest rates, put America on the brink of a devastating recession and expanded annual deficits to more $2 trillion. Further, allowing Senate leadership to bypass longstanding rules to advance higher levels of spending is the first step on the road to an omnibus that pleases only D.C. insiders. Club for Growth urges Senators to use their common sense and stand with the American people by opposing the suspension of Rule XVI to proceed to the Appropriations Minibus Appropriations minibus.

Club for Growth Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard for the 118th Congress provides a comprehensive rating of how well or how poorly each member of Congress supports pro-growth, free-market policies and will be distributed to the public.