House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Saturday criticized Republicans who opposed his efforts to prevent a government shutdown, saying he doesn’t “want to be part of that team.”
The House of Representatives voted 335-91 to approve a short-term spending bill on Saturday to fund the government for 45 days, providing disaster relief requested by the White House, but no aid for Ukraine. Ninety Republicans voted against the bill, along with one Democrat.
“Today was not the option we wanted to have,” McCarthy said during his remarks after the vote. “We are trying to approve the most conservative provisional measure possible. We put it forward, but unfortunately we didn’t have 218 Republicans voting for it, to help us secure the border at that time.” (RELATED: House passes short-term government funding bill seeking to avoid shutdown)
Home failed approve a bill on Friday that would fund the government through Oct. 31, cut government spending by 8.1285% and include a number of provisions related to immigration enforcement and border security. All Democrats opposed the bill and it failed by a vote of 232 to 198.
“If there are members in your conference who won’t let them vote on appropriations bills, who don’t want an omnibus and won’t vote for a stopgap measure, then the only answer is to shut down and not pay our troops, I don’t want to be part of it.” of that team,” McCarthy said. “I want to be part of the conservative group that wants to get things done.”
The House just passed a short-term stopgap measure that will keep the government open, pay our troops, and fully fund disaster relief. Now, the Senate must act. https://t.co/7I8R6bwK5d
—Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) September 30, 2023
When asked if he is concerned about threats to remove him from his speaking role, he responded that “there has to be an adult in the room.” “If anyone wants to file a motion against me, file it,” he said. “There has to be an adult in the room.”
Earlier this month, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz threatened make a motion for McCarthy to leave the chair. After the vote, some members of the House Freedom Caucus again questioned McCarthy’s leadership.
“Instead of siding with his own party today, Kevin McCarthy sided with 209 Democrats to push for a continuing resolution that maintains Biden-Pelosi-Schumer spending levels and policies,” said Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs. tweeted. “It allowed Unipartido DC to win again. Should he remain speaker of the House?
Georgia Representative Andrew Clyde saying that the “McCarthy-Jeffries ‘clean’ CR” passed with more Democratic votes than Republicans “tells you everything you need to know.”
“The American people did not give us the majority to continue Nancy Pelosi’s inflated spending levels or advance the radical leftist policies that are destroying our nation,” Clyde saying.
“All but one House Democrat voted for Kevin McCarthy’s ploy to continue Nancy Pelosi’s budget and Joe Biden’s policies,” said Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale. saying On twitter. “Are we sure Hakeem Jeffries is not the spokesperson?”
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