McCarthy Tries To Pass Defense Bill Again After Failing Three Times Last Week

Kevin McCarthy will try again this week to get Republicans to support a government funding bill after failing three times last week to even have the measure considered by the House.

The Pentagon spending bill was rejected on Thursday by the House Republicans.

Moments before McCarthy thought he had won over his fellow Republicans, an unexpected turn of events blocked him again. A handful of hard-right members opposed the Speaker’s bill.

It was a slap to the face for McCarthy, who had tried to win over his members to prevent a shutdown on October 1.

Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!

A week of political news in your in-box.
We find the news you need to know, so you don't have to.

“This is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down,” McCarthy said. “It doesn’t work.”

The Republicans are racing to find a plan to try to gain approval for three to four of the annual appropriations bills that would force spending cuts. Even if the bills were passed, they would certainly be rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

“We’ve got to do our jobs,” said Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), “That’s it – it’s that simple.”

Republicans who voted against McCarthy include Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), Dan Bishop (R-North Carolina), Eli Crane (R-Arizona), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) and Matt Rosendale (R-Montana).

Greene, who originally stood in support of McCarthy in his bill that was negotiated with President Joe Biden to raise the debt limit just months ago, voted no because the bill included funding for Ukraine.

“Our defense bill should not fund our DOD for blood money for the Ukraine war, that’s why I’m a NO,” wrote Green on X.

Astrid Valdez

Recent Posts

Trump Prosecutor Alvin Bragg Agrees To Testify Before House

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who led prosecution of former President Donald Trump, has agreed…

2 days ago

Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit To Restrict Mifepristone Abortion Pill

On Thursday, the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine's attempt to restrict…

2 days ago

Trump Meets With Congressional Republicans Amid House GOP Divisions

On Thursday, former president and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump made his first visit to…

2 days ago

Progressive Democrats Consider Boycotting Netanyahu’s Congressional Address

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was invited to address Congress in Washington, D.C.…

3 days ago

House GOP Votes To Hold A.G. Merrick Garland In Contempt Of Congress

On Wednesday, House GOP members voted to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of…

3 days ago

Biden Administration Proposes Regulation Banning Medical Debt From Credit Reports

On Tuesday, the Biden Administration proposed a federal regulation to exclude medical debt from credit…

3 days ago