Despite threats to have him removed from office from hard-line Republicans over the debt-limit agreement he reached with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy voiced confidence on Tuesday that lawmakers will enact legislation in time to prevent a US default.
In response to the bill, which was scheduled for a House vote on Wednesday night, Republican Representative Dan Bishop requested a vote to oust Speaker Michael McCarthy on the grounds that the agreement made too many concessions to Democrats. A “reckoning” for McCarthy was promised by Chip Roy, another hardline member.
When asked if he was concerned about losing his position as speaker on Tuesday, McCarthy said, “Nope.” Supporting the agreement is “an easy vote for Republicans,” he declared.
The influential House Rules Committee voted 7-6 to move the bill on Tuesday night, overriding concerns from the GOP.
The bill would determine the federal government’s spending priorities for the following two years and extend the debt ceiling until January 1, 2025, delaying another debate over borrowing until after the election. Both Biden and McCarthy have predicted that the legislation will be approved, and both spent a significant portion of the Memorial Day weekend pushing members of their respective parties.
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Democrats agreed to a two-year spending cap in exchange for Republican support for the suspension. According to the White House’s understanding of the spending restrictions, the deal would reduce expenditure by nearly $1 trillion over the course of a decade, but the GOP claims the spending reduction is really double that amount.
The Congressional Budget Office, an independent organization, predicted on Tuesday that the plan would reduce deficits by $1.5 trillion over ten years.
Investors are expressing confidence that the bill will be passed on schedule. The S&P 500 stock index ended Tuesday with minimal change, as Treasury yields decreased on expectations that Congress would approve a compromise.
The House Rules Committee, which oversees floor discussion, was set to approve the debt agreement after its first test on Tuesday. Representative Thomas Massie, a libertarian committee member, declared he would vote to send the proposal to the House floor, indicating it had enough support there and defeating attempts by hard-liners to stop it there.
Even so, McCarthy fought to reduce the bill’s reliance on minority Democrats by getting support from the majority of his 222 members. Politically, the speaker would be weaker if they fell short of that.
There are at least 17 GOP “no” votes in the entire House. Representative Tom Emmer, the top vote counter for the Republicans, answered phone calls to stop the number from rising much higher.
Although at least one other conservative hinted at reprisals during a news conference at the Capitol by the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, most hard-line conservatives have refrained from overtly calling for McCarthy’s removal. The group wants the federal budget to be lowered even further.
“No matter what happens, there is going to be a reckoning,” Roy, a Texas Republican, said Tuesday, adding that GOP lawmakers have been “torn asunder” by the agreement.
A simple majority of the House must vote to remove the speaker, which can be forced by any member of the House. Historically, opposition party members have not supported the speaker, but some moderate Democrats have already vowed to back McCarthy in this circumstance.
Republican from North Carolina Bishop said McCarthy’s opponents will choose when to take action. No other Republican lawmaker has made a public statement publicly demanding his ouster.
“McCarthy has lost some trust,” said Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina.
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Republicans running for president, such as former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida governor Ron DeSantis, have stated their opposition to the agreement, adding to McCarthy’s difficulty.
The GOP front-runner and former president Donald Trump hasn’t commented since the agreement was made, but he has previously urged Republicans to use the fear of default as leverage to obtain the desired spending reductions.
Hakeem Jeffries, the leader of the House Democrats, stated on Tuesday that it is “premature” to talk whether Democrats would back a McCarthy removal petition.
The agreement has also infuriated Democrats on the left, as evidenced by Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal’s statement on Tuesday that the majority of her group opposes the bill’s spending reductions, language about energy permitting, and increased labor requirements.
Progressive Democrats have typically been slower to criticize Biden or other party officials than the extreme right. However, Jayapal stated that the caucus, which consists of around 100 Democrats, has not yet determined whether it will take an official stance.