House Republicans Make Drastic Last-Second Move

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( – House Republican leadership did not allow a procedural vote on a short-term funding stopgap to go through. The decision was heavily opposed by many hardline conservatives.

On Tuesday, the House was set to hold a vote at 2:30 p.m. on the Republican continuing resolution (CR) proposal; however, right before noon, an update was sent out that did not include the procedural vote on the list of votes.

The Democratic Whip’s office also confirmed the change that had been made to the schedule. While the House could still hold the procedural vote at a later time, this was a delay for the Republican leadership and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was hoping that the stopgap proposal would be voted on by Republicans, allowing them to have more leverage when negotiating with the White House and Senate in the future.

McCarthy told reporters about the change in the schedule that it would be “coming up” and there were people discussing it. The discussions about the partisan CR proposal have left the House Republicans in a tough spot as there is no easy way for them to move forward without the tension within the conference growing further. This could also put McCarthy’s position on the line.

The legislation was created by the House Freedom Caucus and Main Street Caucus leaders and it would allow the government to extend its funding deadline by one month, while also cutting all discretionary spending by 8 percent in all departments except for the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs.

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