President Biden is still pushing to enforce vaccine mandates, including in litigation on a mandate for civilian federal employees. House conservatives say they’ll aggressively target vaccine mandates in a possible GOP majority.

“I’ll believe that when I see it,” Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said about whether GOP leadership will actually press hard on funding bills. Roy ripped into any Republicans who would cite military or border patrol as a reason to vote for an unfavorable funding bill.

“That is straight up bulls—,” Roy said. “Don’t allow Republican leadership to hide behind the military and border patrol and cops to say we have to write a blank check for the bulls— attacking American people.”

The margin of a House GOP majority may be key for how much leverage Freedom Caucus members like Roy have in 2023 or how much leeway top Republicans have in trying to push through funding bills over their objections.

But R Street Institute senior fellow for governance James Wallner said such debate is healthy for the party and the country.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, said it’s “bulls—” for top Republicans to “hide behind the military and border patrol and cops” as an excuse for not pursuing government funding fights.

“Leadership is in a different position than the Freedom Caucus. They have a different job to do,” Wallner said. “I would argue both jobs are absolutely essential.”