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Kevin McCarthy goes nuclear: Republican Speaker says there would be no spending mess if Biden fixed the border and claims his critics are siding WITH the president – as Senate releases its own stopgap funding bill
- The GOP leader said he would put a CR, or a stopgap spending bill to fund the government past September 30, on the floor before Saturday
- The speaker can only afford to lose four Republican votes and still pass a party-line CR loaded up with spending cuts
- Senate is advancing a ‘clean’ CR without spending cuts, which McConnell has endorsed
While the House remains divided among itself, the Senate has released text of a bill that would kick the deadline for a government shutdown down the road by six weeks.
The continuing resolution (CR), endorsed by both Senate leaders Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would extend government funding from September 30 to November 17.
It includes over $6 billion in Ukraine aid, sure to trigger some House conservatives. It also includes $6 billion in disaster relief and no border provisions.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy remained non-committal on whether he’d ever give a Senate-authored CR a vote on the House floor. He’s also called for Ukraine aid to be dealt with separately from stopgap spending legislation.
On Tuesday he did say he would put a stopgap funding bill on the floor before Saturday but said he would continue pushing for one that included border security.
The Senate CR would likely pass both the upper chamber and the lower chamber with votes from Democrats and some Republicans if House GOP leadership put it up for a vote.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed a ‘standard, short-term’ stopgap spending bill on the Senate floor Tuesday.
‘Over the years, I’ve been pretty clear in my view that government shutdowns are bad news whichever way you look at them. They don’t work as political bargaining chips,’ the GOP leader said.
The Senate is set to advance the House’s FAA reauthorization bill on Tuesday, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will use to advance a CR through the Senate.
Meanwhile the knives are out between Congress and the White House four days before a government shutdown, as McCarthy lays blame on Joe Biden’s border policies and tears into right-wing Republicans who ‘side’ with the president.
The GOP leader said he would put a short-term continuing resolution (CR), or a stopgap spending bill to fund the government past September 30, on the floor before Saturday and it would likely include provisions to bolster border security.
‘What’s concerning to me is that there are people in the Republican Party who will take the position of President Biden against what the rest of Americans want,’ McCarthy said Tuesday.
The speaker can only afford to lose four Republican votes and still pass a party-line CR loaded up with spending cuts.
More than four in his conference have expressed opposition to a CR – most vocally McCarthy opposer Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. They insist the House most move forward on 12 single-subject spending bills.
The knives are out between Congress and the White House four days before a government shutdown, as Speaker McCarthy lays blame on Joe Biden ‘s border policies and tears into right-wing Republicans who ‘side’ with the president
McCarthy, who cut a debt limit deal with President Biden that set top line spending numbers for fiscal year 2024, is now requesting a meeting him to cut another deal to keep the government funded.
‘Why don’t we just cut a deal with the president?’ McCarthy told reporters who pressed him on when he would cut a CR deal with congressional Democrats.
The House is set to vote on a rule to advance four of 12 appropriations bills Tuesday night in what could be an bellwether for the week to come. It’s not clear yet clear whether a handful of obstinate Republicans will allow the rule to pass.
He then suggested that if Biden fixed his border policy they could work together on funding – a seemingly infeasible tradeoff.
‘Listen, the president, all he has to do … it’s only actions that he has to take. He can do it like that. He changed all the policies on the border. He can change those,’ McCarthy said. ‘We can keep government open and finish out the work that we have done.’
‘What’s concerning to me is that there are people in the Republican Party who will take the position of President Biden against what the rest of Americans want,’ McCarthy said Tuesday
Border crossings in fiscal year 2023, which ends at the end of September, are on track to surpass that of 2022 after figures released Friday show an uptick of 50,000 in apprehensions in the month of August.
In recent days the Biden team has piled on to the GOP for causing the shutdown: Biden warned voters to ‘stop electing Republicans’ if they could not pass spending deals that keep the government open.