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Mike Rogers: GOP lawmakers blocking military spending bill ‘five clowns that don’t know what they want’

Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers characterized five House members from his own party as “clowns that don’t know what they want except attention” after the group blocked a measure to advance a military spending bill as a government shutdown looms.

“It’s illustrative that we’ve got five clowns that don’t know what they want except attention,” Rogers, a Republican and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said of the vote, according to Politico.

Embattled House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., tried to push the defense spending bill through he House but the a procedural vote failed due to five Republicans — Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Ken Buck of Colorado, Ralph Norman of South Carolina and Matt Rosendale of Montana — stalling the measure.

Without agreeing to stopgap measures to fund the government, a shutdown will go into effect in 12 days.

Some far-right Republicans are holding up funding bills to extract more concessions from McCarthy. The group has already gotten McCarthy to agree to cut spending by 1 percent over last year’s levels along with harsher border security policies.

Other Republican congressmen besides Rogers have been critical of the far-right faction’s stance.

“That’s not good legislation. And that’s blackmail,” said House Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla. “So hey, if there’s … nothing in this bill you disagree with, tell me why you’re voting no. There’s no justification.”

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