The US Senate Republican leader will go along with making a deal to not shut the government with approving a spending bill…
Embattled US House Republican leader McCarthy, playing to his party crazies to get the Speakers job next month , is knocking any deal….(Senate Republicans ain’t happy with McCarthy’s comments)
McCarthy isn’t thinking about anything it would appear except his own political needs….
Not the government for 330 million people….
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is taking public shots at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s (Ky.) plan to pass an omnibus spending package before Christmas, fueling tensions between Senate and House GOP leaders.
McConnell’s Senate allies say that McCarthy’s criticisms are “not helpful” to their efforts to pass a year-end spending package and avoid a government shutdown.
And they worry this could be a preview of a potentially “challenging” working relationship between McConnell and McCarthy in the next Congress.
McCarthy told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening that he hopes Senate Republicans won’t vote for the omnibus spending bill, arguing that they could save almost $100 billion in taxpayer money by voting instead for a stopgap measure that would freeze federal funding levels until next year when Republicans will take control of the House….
But Senate Republicans predict that McCarthy — or anyone else elected Speaker in 2023 — will have a very tough time passing spending bills and will have to depend on House Democratic votes since there’s a group of House conservatives unlikely to vote for any appropriations legislation….
“Be careful what you wish for,” advised one Senate Republican aide in response to McCarthy’s complaints that the Senate is trying to “jam” the House by moving forward with an omnibus spending package next week.
The GOP senator said McCarthy probably couldn’t even get a spending deal passed in the first six months of next year given the internal divisions in the House GOP conference.
“We should do a bill now because I don’t see a path for a bill in the next year. [Continuing resolutions] become more damaging the longer they last,” the senator said. “Everything I know is that McCarthy is privately cheering us on to get it done but he’s in this position of trying to get the votes for Speaker.” …
“Basically, McCarthy is the Republican leader, he wants to be Speaker of the House and he’s got some dissidents there and a lot of his dissidents are going to be no on anything,” he said.
Asked about the fears of fellow Republican senators that McCarthy couldn’t get any spending deal passed if Congress punts the omnibus into 2023, Shelby said: “He could be in limbo the whole year.”
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