Why Kevin McCarthy Can’t Do His Job

Posted on AllSides September 22nd, 2023
From The Left
Politics, House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy
Mark Peterson for The New York Times

The speaker of the House is the only congressional officer mentioned in the Constitution, other than a temporary Senate officer to preside when the vice president can’t. The speaker’s job isn’t defined, but surely it includes passing legislation that keeps the federal government running.

But Kevin McCarthy, the current speaker, isn’t doing that job. Indeed, at this point it’s hard to see how he can pass any bill maintaining federal funding, let alone one the Senate, controlled by Democrats, will agree to. So we seem to be headed for a federal shutdown at...

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