McCarthy Makes Secret Deal With Biden

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( – Many lawmakers in both parties are worried about the effects of the White House’s handshake deal with former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as negotiations are underway over government funding next year.

In late spring, the White House and House Republicans worked to pass legislation called the Fiscal Responsibility Act, which allowed the government to suspend the debt ceiling. As part of the deal, there were also several budget caps that were set for Congress, which played a role in the negotiations for its full-year funding bills.

However, as Congress is now trying to move forward with its annual appropriations work, one important thing to consider is that some of the agreements that had been made in the original deals are not reflected in the laws being pushed by ultraconservatives who are looking for more cuts. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has also not backed or supported the commitments that had been made by McCarthy.

Senate Appropriations Committee Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has argued that a “deal is a deal” and that it was not possible for them to reach an appropriations deal when they were dealing with people who were unwilling to hold on to their commitments.

Johnson, in a letter sent to GOP members, pointed out that the FRA continued to be the framework that they would use as they discussed a possible agreement for fiscal funding in 2024. On paper, lawmakers have agreed to cap discretionary spending at $1.59 trillion for the next year.

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