McCarthy Urges Quick Action on Spending Bill Amid Time Crunch

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 09/23/2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy remains optimistic about the possibility of passing a stopgap spending measure in the House to avert a government shutdown. Despite facing challenges from conservative members who have caused a series of setbacks over the past week, McCarthy maintains his belief in the feasibility of this legislative action.

Mr. McCarthy, a Republican representative from California, has expressed his intention to promote a short-term spending measure in the coming week. The purpose of this measure is to provide legislators with additional time to deliberate on important matters.


The House of Representatives has made progress on just one spending bill and has encountered difficulties twice when attempting to pass a procedural vote related to defense spending legislation. As the fiscal year's end on September 30 approaches, Congress finds itself facing a looming deadline and limited time to address pressing matters.

On Friday, there were no scheduled votes and a significant number of lawmakers have departed from the capital.

According to Mr. McCarthy, he maintains his belief that being in a weaker position is a likely outcome if one chooses to shut down. In order to ensure the smooth functioning of the government and the implementation of various programs and initiatives, it is necessary to allocate sufficient time for funding. This involves the process of passing appropriations bills, which provide the necessary financial resources for different government agencies and departments to carry out their respective functions. By allowing adequate time for this funding process, the government can effectively meet its financial obligations and support the provision of essential services to the public.

The short-term spending resolution proposed by Mr. McCarthy, which was initially seen as a compromise solution for members of the House Freedom Caucus who had reservations, appears to have lost support on Thursday following the unsuccessful vote on the defense bill.

The speaker expressed confidence in the measure, stating that it encompasses the majority of the House's significant Secure the Border Act and also establishes a debt commission. This legislation, which sets the overall spending limit at $1.471 trillion for a period of 30 days, is seen as crucial for ongoing efforts to pass a series of spending bills and prevent a partial government shutdown.

Despite the potential obstacles, Mr. McCarthy's ambitions may face a setback as a result of several House conservatives who have made a firm commitment to never support a stopgap spending measure. This stance could potentially jeopardize his chances of success.

In the context of the Congress, Mr. McCarthy expressed that having a single member can hold significant weight or influence. The organization remains committed to collaborating with individuals. In order to achieve success during a government shutdown, it is crucial to allocate funding towards both the military troops and the border. Neglecting to provide financial support to these areas can pose significant challenges and hinder the chances of achieving a favorable outcome. The individual mentioned that they have experienced those situations on multiple occasions.

If the House decides to move forward with Mr. McCarthy's plan, it is highly probable that the plan will not be successful in the Democrat-led Senate.

In addition to his plans for a stopgap spending measure, Mr. McCarthy has announced his intention to present a package of four spending measures on the floor by Tuesday. This package will have a total spending amount of $1.526 trillion, a figure that aligns with the target set by the top House Republican.

The spending package, also known as a minibus, is set to encompass various measures aimed at providing funding for several government departments. These departments include the Department of Homeland Security, State and Foreign Operations, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Defense. The defense spending measure has already faced two unsuccessful procedural votes.

A potential solution to address lawmakers who voted against the defense bill may be proposed by Mr. McCarthy. The individual expressed their intention to remove $300 million in funding for Ukraine from the bill. This funding had been authorized by the previously advanced National Defense Authorization Act. Instead, they plan to bring this funding to a separate vote on the House floor.

The decision has the potential to influence individuals such as Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who opposed the defense measure due to her objection towards allocating additional funds for Ukraine.


The package is being directed towards the House Rules Committee, a group of lawmakers who are expected to dedicate their time over the weekend to prepare the bills for presentation on the House floor.  

In the meantime, certain GOP lawmakers have expressed their intention to collaborate with Democrats in the lower chamber. Their objective is to utilize a discharge petition as a means to compel votes on a short-term spending measure. However, Mr. McCarthy has expressed that he does not require assistance from Democrats in order to move forward with his temporary solution. The speaker expressed their belief in the presence of a majority and their confidence in the ability to collaborate in order to find a solution. 


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