Republican Rebels Block Defense Spending Bill As Government Shutdown Threat Grows

  • Republican lawmakers who hold staunch positions within the party dealt a significant setback to Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Thursday by once again rejecting a 2024 defense spending bill, marking the second such defeat in just 48 hours.
  • In an unexpected turn of events, GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and four other dissenting Republicans cast their votes alongside Democrats, resulting in the rejection of the Pentagon funding package. This latest development has plunged the Republican Party into further disarray.
  • McCarthy and his leadership team had initially believed they had sufficient votes to pass the defense plan, which included policies aligning with conservative interests.
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