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Crucial Debt Ceiling Deal Tests McCarthy and Biden: Leadership and Party Support on the Line



Debt ceiling deal tests Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden as both right-wingers and progressives are unhappy. House needs 218 votes to pass. (AP File)
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and President Joe Biden face a crucial test with the debt ceiling deal. McCarthy’s leadership is at stake as right-wing Republicans criticize the compromise, while Biden must rally Democratic support in the midst of concerns from progressives. The deal includes wins and losses for both sides.

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) tweeted: “Republicans are the only ones who can bring fiscal sanity to Congress. This ‘deal’ with the White House fails to uphold that responsibility.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale (R.-Mont.) tweeted Sunday night saying that he’d vote against the bill, adding “$4 trillion to the existing $31 trillion national debt” is “an insult to the American people to support a piece of legislation that continues to put our country’s financial future at risk.”

Some senators also put out negative statements about the deal with Sen Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeting Sunday morning that the bill was “a blank check” for Democrats.

Elon Musk also tweeted, “Incompetence, in the limit, is indistinguishable from sabotage.” Some Republicans back McCarthy’s claim of victory, but others oppose the deal.

To pass in the House, the bill requires 111 Republicans and 107 Democrats, totaling 218 votes. McCarthy’s allies claim that most Republicans back the deal.


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