What to Know in Washington: McCarthy Draws Line on Spending
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House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is running two simultaneous campaigns: one opposing a year-end government spending bill and another to convince his GOP naysayers to elect him speaker.
McCarthy said the two are unrelated. His opposition to the spending bill, he said, “has to do with the American public and what the future of America is going to be when it comes to fiscal resources.”
But by opposing the roughly $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill — a position counter to that of Senate Republicans — he’s appealing to the same hard-right members of his caucus who don’t support his speakership.
“The answer isn’t to spend more money, it’s to eliminate the waste and the woke-ism,” McCarthy told reporters on Wednesday.
Specifically, McCarthy said he wants to slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service, which got an $80 billion boost for tax enforcement in a partisan Democratic bill, and boost money to secure the US-Mexico border.
McCarthy said Congress should pass a short-term spending bill into early next year to give more House Republicans control over spending when they take the majority Jan. 3.
“Allow the American people what they said a month ago to change Washington as we know it today,” he said. Erik Wasson and Billy House follow McCarthy’s campaign for speaker.
- A last-minute government funding bill will include domestic funding levels similar to those requested by President Joe Biden and will reject attempts by Democrats to end prohibitions on funding for abortion, two Republican senators said Wednesday. Jack Fitzpatrick has the details.
- Chances are dimming that Congress will take up a multi-billion-dollar package to renew a cluster of business tax breaks and provide a more generous child tax credit before lawmakers leave Washington for the year. Read more.
- House Republicans, cut out of current talks on a yearlong omnibus, have a backup plan if no tax package materializes this year: kick it to the next Congress. Read more.
- The House passed a one-week stopgap spending bill Wednesday intended to avert a government shutdown early Saturday morning, when current funding authorization runs out. Read more.
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