McCarthy is running out of options to stop the government shutdown as conservatives reject a new plan

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McCarthy is running out of options to stop the government shutdown as conservatives reject a new plan

California Politics


September 18, 2023


Speaker Kevin McCarthy is running out of options as he races Monday to come up with a plan to prevent the federal government from shutting down, as well as a proposal to include tough measures.

The security features at the border line were not enough to appease the far-right flank in its Republican House majority.

The speaker told his Republican conference to be prepared to stay put this weekend to pass an emergency measure, called a continuing resolution, that would keep government offices open past the September 30 deadline. But many are already bracing for the dire political consequences of a federal shutdown.

I told the entire Congress you’re not going home. We will continue to do this, McCarthy said at the Capitol on Monday. Things that are sometimes hard are worth it.”

He also suggested time is still on his side and set aside the idea of ​​compromise with Democrats as he tries to pass the annual spending measures on his own, saying there were still many good ideas coming from Republicans.

This is not the thirtieth we still have a long way to go, he said.

The speaker on Sunday evening

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted Thursday on whether to pass a one-month funding bill that was negotiated between the far-right House Freedom Caucus and a group of pragmatic conservatives known as the Main Street Caucus, according to those with knowledge of the call.

McCarthy called the package a bottom-up approach, and it was intended to win support from the conservative wing of the Republican Conference by including a 1% cut from last year’s spending levels, as well as a slew of Republican proposals for border security and immigration. To protect Republican spending priorities for defense, veterans aid and disaster relief, the country is cutting other spending by more than 8%.

With the Senate controlled by Democrats and unlikely to accept any of the conservative options, McCarthy’s best hope at this point is to simply take action to abolish the elections.

start a debate with the other chamber. But even that route is uncertain now that time is running out to reach a deal.

McCarthy planned to vote on a Defense Department spending bill on Wednesday and on the emergency funding measure the next day.

There are quite a few people who are against it right now, said Rep. Kevin Hern




leader of the Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative group in the House of Representatives, added that he was still considering the proposal and that a lot of work was being done behind the scenes to get the votes to pass it.

Leaders of the


five families The various conservative factions that make up the Republican majority in the House of Representatives are expected to meet behind closed doors in the speakers’ office later Monday.

It’s critical that they find an agreed-upon path forward for McCarthy, who faces just eight business days into the session before funding runs out.

This framework secures the border and keeps the government open. Republicans need to focus on these issues, said Rep. Dusty Johnson


who chairs the Mainstreet Caucus and helped draft the proposal.

Time is running out for Congress to act. While McCarthy continues to argue that he has time to maneuver before the administration’s budget year ends, he has also tried to warn his party that a government shutdown is likely to backfire politically on Republicans.

I’ve been through shutdowns and I’ve never seen anyone win a shutdown because when you shut down, you give all your power to the government, McCarthy said in a Fox News interview on Sunday.

How are you going to win your arguments to secure the border if the border agents don’t get paid? How are you going to win the arguments to get wokeism out of the Ministry of Defense? When even our own troops are not paid. You have no power there.

But McCarthy is already encountering resistance. A handful of Republicans turned to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, shortly after Sunday’s call to criticize even the package of spending cuts and border measures as woefully inadequate.

One of the Freedom Caucus lawmakers who helped draft the proposal, Rep. Byron Donalds


said in a statement that as he answered calls coming into his office on Monday, he heard frustration from people who felt lied to and sold by Washington politicians.

“What Republicans in the House of Representatives are trying to achieve is simple: much-needed border security and real spending cuts,” he said.

Many are ready for a government shutdown next month. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a memo to the business community on Monday saying there is substantial consensus that a prolonged shutdown will occur and warning that there is no clear path to reopening the government.

Individuals and companies rely on the government’s discretionary functions every day, the Chamber writes. From passports and licenses to clinical trials and contractors, a well-functioning economy requires a functioning government.

The Biden administration is also highlighting the potential harm of a funding freeze. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told CNBC on Monday


“We have a good, strong economy and creating a situation that could lead to a loss of momentum is something we don’t need.

McCarthy could potentially turn to Democrats in the House of Representatives to pass a stopgap measure if he was willing to strip conservative policy victories from a funding bill. But several right-wing members are threatening to try to oust him from the presidency if he does so.


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