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Gov’t Shutdown Inches Closer as McCarthy Faces Hard-Right Revolt, Fails to Advance 2 Spending Bills

HeadlineSep 20, 2023

In Washington, D.C., House Republicans remain mired in turmoil as infighting and threats by the far right push the government closer to an October 1 shutdown. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy delayed a key procedural vote Tuesday on a 30-day stopgap spending bill after opposition from members of the Freedom Caucus. Hours later, the hard-line Freedom Caucus also blocked debate on a Pentagon spending bill in another blow to McCarthy. Meanwhile, House Democrats and some less extreme Republicans could work together to garner enough support for a spending bill that would bypass McCarthy and the far right’s demand for massive spending cuts.

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