Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a warning to his Republican counterparts in the House on Tuesday, telling them that the impending government shutdown would hurt the party.
Unless Congress and the White House agree on a resolution to fund the federal government after Sept. 30, it will shut down on Oct. 1. The Republican-controlled House is currently in deep trouble, with members of the GOP did not agree on a workable solution among themselves.
On Tuesday, Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) canceled a procedural vote on a spending measure after it became clear the measure did not have enough Republican support to pass.
In a press conference, McConnell urged the House to act.
“I think you all know I’m not a fan of government shutdowns,” he told reporters. “I’ve seen some of them over the years. They’ve never made policy change and they’ve always been losers for Republicans, politically.”
Currently, there are at least 15 House Republicans contradicting on the spending bill being offered in the House. Given the GOP’s 221 to 212 majority, that’s more than enough to tank it.
Separately, a bill to fund the Defense Department failed a procedural test Tuesday by five Republicans. vote in opposition.
McCarthy, who was elected speaker after 15 rounds of voting in January, has a weak position in the House, as some members openly threatened to try to oust him from his post.
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