McCarthy's debt ceiling lesson for House Republicans

Posted on AllSides April 27th, 2023
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's debt ceiling maneuver taught his members a valuable lesson about how to get what they want, GOP sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Republican lawmakers have seen an example of rabble rousers rewarded, and loyalists burned.

McCarthy loyalists felt unheard by the speaker after backing him throughout the grueling speakership election — only to perceive the Freedom Caucus as having the influence now, a senior GOP aide told Axios.

Zoom in: Midwestern Republicans and Biden-district Republicans are both in that McCarthy loyalist camp — and were both told that the debt ceiling...

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