Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s position is so weak that he does not have the Republican votes to pass his proposed spending cuts.
Via: Jackie Chan in the Los Angeles Times:
We have evidence of the squeeze this week, as McCarthy, in his debt talks with President Biden, was full of budget cuts to the media. Midnight on Monday – midnight! – The House Oversight Committee has adjourned the Second Session for Tuesday and Wednesday as voting was scheduled on twelve bills that pay for annual government services. The bills are supposed to fill in the details of the spending cuts that Republicans left unspecified when they passed the McCarthy bill last month.
The reason it stalled: The committee’s Republican majority wanted to give McCarthy “greater flexibility” in his negotiations with Biden.
The real reason: They didn’t have the votes to pay their debts. Failure to do so would have limited McCarthy’s chances in the negotiations.
McCarthy continues to say that the need for social security services is on the table, but the White House and congressional Democrats say no.
Congressional Democrats have also warned that any bill with job requirements will be voted down by them.
Kevin McCarthy needs Democratic votes to pass any deal, but he won’t get them if he pursues the cuts that the far right wants.
Speaker McCarthy is a hypocrite in an empty suit.
Some of the positive things that Biden is discussing include things that help keep the government shut down and the debt ceiling through the 2024 election.
President Biden is making sure that House Republicans only have one bite at the apple.
The heat is on McCarthy and the Democrats must not let up until they agree to a deal they agree to or pass additional debt.
Jason is the editor-in-chief. He is also a White House Press Pool and DRM correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in public administration.
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