Headline RoundupSeptember 29th, 2023

House Votes Against Spending Bill as Shutdown Deadline Approaches

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The House of Representatives failed to pass a short-term spending bill Friday to avert a government shutdown this weekend.

Details: With 21 Republican representatives voting against the bill that would have funded the government for an additional 31 days, the vote failed with 232 opposed and 198 in favor. While the vote is being deemed a “failure” for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) by outlets across the spectrum, there is a broad consensus that the bill had no chance of clearing the Democrat-majority Senate and receiving the signature of President Joe Biden. 

Key Quotes: “The No. 1 thing I want here is for government not to shut down,” McCarthy told reporters before the failed vote. Following the vote, McCarthy told reporters he would continue working into the weekend to avert a shutdown, stating, “You have watched me time and again, have you ever known me to quit after one time if it doesn’t succeed? I don’t stop.”

How the Media Covered It: Coverage across the spectrum framed the failed vote as a personal failure for McCarthy. The failed vote was deemed an “embarrassing” defeat for McCarthy by The Hill (Center bias), and a “major blow to GOP leadership” by the Washington Examiner (Lean Right). The New York Times (Lean Left bias) wrote that McCarthy’s speakership “has spun out of his control” and the failed vote “showed his weakness.” Coverage across the spectrum also determined this failed vote all but guarantees a government shutdown beginning this weekend.

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