Rep. Cline to Newsmax: Freedom Caucus Goal Is to End ‘Wasteful Spending’

As a government shutdown looms at the end of the week, Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., told Newsmax Monday that the House Freedom Caucus’ goal is to end “wasteful spending” in Washington by holding the line on budget cuts.

“We’re hoping to get several appropriations bills through, some of which spend more, like defense, but some of which spend less, like foreign operations,” Cline said during an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Record with Greta Van Susteren.” “If we can get these conservative bills through as well, then there might be more of an appetite for a continuing resolution, but our request all along is that we spend less. We want to get rid of the woke and weaponized Pelosi-Biden spending spree and that’s what we’re holding our ground on in the Freedom Caucus.”

Host Greta Van Susteren raised the possibility of school children who rely on government-funded hot meals not getting them if a government shutdown occurs. Cline said a “large portion of the federal government is effectively on autopilot” but conceded that there are “selective programs” that would “need to be looked at on a case by case basis.” He said the Freedom Caucus is “willing to do that.”

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