US House of Representatives Speaker McCarthy may lose his post
McCarthy's position as Speaker of the US House of Representatives is at risk, as he backed a bill to fund the government until November 17 without incorporating changes advocated by his colleagues
Reuters reported the information.
Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy may lose his post, as he supported a bill that allows funding the government until November 17, without introducing any spending cuts or changes in border security called for by his colleagues.
Republican Representative Matt Gaetz said he would submit a "motion to vacate" McCarthy from the speaker's post.
"If at this time next week Kevin McCarthy is still speaker of the House, it will be because Democrats bailed him out," Gaetz said in an interview on ABC. "I am relentless and I will continue to pursue this objective.”
McCarthy stunned Washington on Saturday when he backed a bill to fund the government through November 17, averting a partial government shutdown but without enacting any of the spending cuts or border security changes called for by his hardline colleagues.
The bill, which was approved by the Senate on a broad bipartisan basis and signed by Biden, aims to give lawmakers more time to agree on a deal to fund the government through September 30, 2024.
The speaker's resignation will complicate this process.
"It is destructive to the country to put forth this motion to vacate," said Republican Mike Lawler.
Earlier, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said that the "shutdown" could affect the speed of arms deliveries to US partners.
At the same time, he said, a bipartisan majority in the US Congress supports continued assistance to Ukraine.
On September 30, US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that money for Ukraine should be excluded from the supplemental spending bill to prevent a shutdown.
The government was on the verge of shutting down as McCarthy said the vote would take place last-minute.
But an hour before the October 1 deadline, US President Joe Biden signed a bill to temporarily fund the government until November 17, approved the day before by the US Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to signing the bill, Biden issued a statement saying that the deal did not include new funding to continue supporting Ukraine.