Congress Races to Pass a Spending Bill as a Gov. Shutdown Looms — The Kiplinger Letter

McCarthy faces push-back from Congress and moderate House Republicans as they move to avoid a Gov. shutdown

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The spotlight on Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is becoming a bull’s-eye. And even his fellow Republicans are shooting arrows, as Congress races to pass a spending bill and avoid a government shutdown at the end of September. 

Some Republicans say they would welcome a government shutdown if they don’t get their way on certain legislative ultimatums. Among them are provisions that would restrict the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigations and prosecution of Donald Trump and a rollback of certain Pentagon policies, including support for service members who must travel to obtain abortions. McCarthy has tried to appease them by launching an impeachment inquiry into President Biden. But by doing so he has alienated moderate House Republicans, who fear a shutdown or impeachment will imperil their reelection chances. McCarthy’s future as the speaker may depend on his threading this needle. So might the Republicans’ majority in the House if the government shuts down and voters blame the GOP, a scenario beneficial to Biden and the Democrats. 

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Sean Lengell
Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter

Sean Lengell covers Congress and government policy for The Kiplinger Letter. Before joining Kiplinger in January 2017 he served as a congressional reporter for eight years with the Washington Examiner and the Washington Times. He previously covered local news for the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune. A native of northern Illinois who spent much of his youth in St. Petersburg, Fla., he holds a bachelor's degree in English from Marquette University.