House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) once again failed to advance his party’s own short-term spending package after 21 hard-line Republicans broke ranks and voted with Democrats to tank the effort, just over a day before a government shutdown.
It was just the latest setback for McCarthy as he repeatedly tries—and fails—to tame the far-right in his caucus as they hold the party hostage and gear up for his removal.
The short-term spending plan would have kept the government open for 30 more days while imposing sweeping 30 percent cuts across hundreds of federal programs, crippling everything from federal safety net programs to NASA.
McCarthy’s misfortune may turn into a win for the bipartisan Senate plan advanced earlier this week which would avoid such cuts and also include funding for Ukraine to the ire of far-right Republicans.
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