McCarthy Floats The Idea Of A Short-Term Funding Bill

( – Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is now pushing for a short-term spending bill due to the possibility that Congress may not be able to pass a full appropriations bill by the end of the fiscal year.

The short-term spending bill, which wouldn’t extend past the holiday season, would avoid a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends on September 30th, and would supposedly give lawmakers just enough time to fully negotiate appropriations.

McCarthy disclosed his position on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” on August 27th, saying that the short-term spending bill not extending to the holiday season would incentivize lawmakers to put their best policy positions forward, insisting that “Washington only works on deadline.”

However, McCarthy seems to have his work cut out for him, facing opposition not just from House Democrats but from fellow Republicans who also oppose his policy agenda. The House Freedom Caucus, a caucus of Republican House members more aligned with former President Donald Trump, announced on Twitter August 28th that they would oppose any spending bill that does not address border security, corruption in the Department of Justice, and social justice ideology in the military.

The news of such opposition comes after McCarthy recently experienced one of the most polarizing bids for the House speakership ever seen when a band of House Republicans refused to elect him as speaker. As a result, it took an unprecedented 15 votes in the House in order for McCarthy to be elected speaker. He was only able to secure the speakership after making concessions to Trump-aligned Republicans.

McCarthy said further that he would like to pass a short-term spending bill as soon as possible, as a government shutdown would freeze most government operations, including congressional investigations. A short-term spending bill, according to McCarthy, would strengthen the arguments and policy initiatives put forward by congressional Republicans. House Republicans would also supposedly be in a stronger position to remove policies originally set into place by former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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