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House Speaker McCarthy is back to square one as the Senate pushes ahead to avert a federal shutdown - West Hawaii Today

2023-09-28
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WASHINGTON -- As the Senate marches ahead with a bipartisan approach to prevent a government shutdown, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is back to square one -- asking his hard-right Republicans to do what they have said they would never do: approve their own temporary House measure to keep the government open. The Republican speaker laid out his strategy Wednesday behind closed doors, urging his unruly Republican majority to work together. He set up a test vote for Friday, one day before Saturday's shutdown deadline, on a far-right bill. It would slash federal spending by 8% from many agencies and toughen border security but has been rejected by Democrats and his own right-flank Republicans. "I want to solve the problem," McCarthy told reporters afterward at the Capitol. But pressed on how he would pass a partisan Republican spending plan that even his own right flank doesn't want, McCarthy had few answers. He rejected outright the Senate's bipartisan bill, which would fund the government to Nov. 17, adding $6 billion for Ukraine and $6 billion for U.S. disaster relief while talks continue. Instead, he insisted, as he often does, that he would never quit trying. Congress is at a crossroads days before a disruptive federal shutdown that would halt paychecks for millions of federal workers, leave 2 million active duty military troops and reservists to work without pay, close down many federal offices, and leave Americans who rely on the government in ways large and small in the lurch. President Joe Biden in California at a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology said Wednesday he didn't think a federal shutdown was inevitable. "I don't think anything is inevitable when it comes to politics," he said. But later at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Biden said of McCarthy: "I think that the speaker is making a choice between his speakership and American interests." As the Senate pushes ahead in bipartisan fashion, McCarthy is demanding that Biden meet to discuss border security measures. But the speaker has little leverage left with the White House without the power of his House majority behind him. The White House has panned his overtures for talks after McCarthy walked away from the debt deal he and Biden reached earlier this year that is now law. On the other side of the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned of the right-wing extremes that "seem to exult in shutting down government."

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