Furious Kevin McCarthy Just Can’t Buy A Win

  • With a government shutdown just nine days away, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was left with egg on his face again on Thursday as he conceded that far-right saboteurs in his own party were hellbent on “burn[ing] the place down.”
  • After a nightmare week of being steamrolled by conservative hardliners, and subsequently slammed by fed-up moderates, McCarthy suffered another humiliating defeat when a vote to bring a defense spending bill to the floor failed on Thursday morning—forcing him to send House members home for the week without a government funding deal in sight.
  • Funding the Pentagon is usually one of the easiest things for House Republicans to pass, and the vote was, according to Politico, supposed to show that the party has a path to possibly passing a wider spending bill that would avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.
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