House Speaker McCarthy must have done something?
House conservatives said Monday that they’re ready to end their blockade of the House floor — at least temporarily — while they continue discussions with Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) about ways to grant the hard-liners more power and curb deficit spending in future funding packages.
The conservative rebels have essentially held the floor hostage since last Tuesday, when 11 hard-liners blocked a procedural measure in protest of McCarthy’s handling of the debt-limit negotiations with President Biden,which led to passage of a bipartisan agreement to avoid a government default earlier in the month.
The detractors, while vague in their demands, were essentially asking for assurances that the Speaker would hold a harder line on spending in the budget fights to come.
Emerging from McCarthy’s office Monday evening, those hard-liners said no firm agreement has been reached with the Speaker. But they’re encouraged by the direction of the talks and will release their stranglehold on the House this week while those discussions continue….