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 May 30, 2023

McCarthy under threat from some GOP lawmakers over debt ceiling deal with Biden

Last week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) struck a deal with President Joe Biden on how to tackle the pending debt default crisis.

The deal has had mixed reactions from both sides of the aisle, with some Republicans even threatening to call a vote to vacate McCarthy from the speakership because the deal didn't live up to the expectations of what it could have been, given that Republicans have so much leverage.

According to Politico, the mutiny talk is definitely a subject of interest, as some republicans have vowed to vote against the bill while holding McCarthy responsible.

The outlet noted:

With a passage vote set for Wednesday, a few Republicans have suggested using the Rules Committee to block the 99-page package from making it to the floor. And Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) further hinted at that strategy Monday afternoon.

The House Freedom Caucus has been the loudest on the Republican side as far as their disdain for McCarthy's deal with Biden.

Texas Republican Rep. Chip Roy tweeted a "reminder" regarding rules that were established when McCarthy finally secured enough Republican support for the speakership.

"A reminder that during Speaker negotiations to build the coalition, that it was explicit both that nothing would pass Rules Committee without AT LEAST 7 GOP votes - AND that the Committee would not allow reporting out rules without unanimous Republican votes," Roy tweeted.

South Dakota Rep. Dusty Johnson (R) disagreed that any such rules were established at the time.

"If those conversations took place, the rest of the conference was unaware of them. And frankly, I doubt that," Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) told reporters at the Capitol on Monday.

"I’m a rules guy. When somebody tells me something has to happen a certain way, the first thing I do is get out the rule book," Johnson said. "And when I checked, there wasn’t a rule that something has to come out of the Rules Committee unanimously."

While many believe the bill to quash the debt ceiling crisis will ultimately pass, there's just enough opposition to make it not as much of a surefire deal as McCarthy and others rallying behind the bill would presumably like.

America will find out on Wednesday if McCarthy can bring the party together, or devolve into total chaos.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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