The debt talks are about to test McCarthy’s hold on his party

Posted on AllSides May 23rd, 2023
From The Left
Politics, Debt Ceiling, US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, House Republicans
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Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s negotiations with President Joe Biden are serving another purpose besides reaching a debt deal — as his second job interview with conservatives.

As the talks lurch closer to the Treasury Department’s default deadline, it should not be forgotten that McCarthy’s speakership is still on the line, with any single disgruntled member empowered to force a vote on ousting him. So the California Republican must ensure his right flank can swallow any deal he strikes with the White House, or at least hold its nose while voting no....

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