By a narrow margin of 217-215, House Republicans passed Kevin McCarthy’s debt limit bill and gave a tremendous gift to Biden and the Democrats.
CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted:
217-215, the House Republicans push through their bill to raise the debt ceiling.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 26, 2023
McCarthy’s bill is dead on arrival in the Senate. It will never put any pressure on President Biden because it will not get anywhere near him. Speaker McCarthy couldn’t get every House Republican, so his caucus was already fractured. He presented no united front to the Democrats.
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The bill that he did pass was an attack on veterans, the working class, seniors, the military, and children. Democrats are going to run on this bill from now through the 2024 election. The White House has promised to hang the vote around the necks of every moderate Republican in a House district that President Biden carried in 2020.
Democrats aren’t going to negotiate with Kevin McCarthy because he passed this bill. The only thing that Kevin McCarthy did was make it easier for Democrats to potentially win back the House next year.
The worst thing that could have happened to Republicans was Kevin McCarthy passing this doomed bill, but that is exactly what he did.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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