The much-touted deal between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is on the verge of collapsing, facing resistance from numerous Republicans who are vowing to vote against the legislation. To add to the growing discontent, even Democrats are expressing their dissatisfaction.
Conservative representatives, including Chip Roy, Byron Donalds, Lauren Boebert, Andrew Clyde, Wesley Hunt, and Dan Bishop, have made their objections to the bill clear in recent days. Chip Roy, in particular, has been actively working to undermine the proposed legislation. Surprisingly, even moderate Republican Congresswoman Nancy Mace has firmly stated her opposition.
Additionally, freshman Republican Eli Crane has joined the ranks of those firmly opposed to the bill, leaving little room for compromise. With such opposition within their own party, Biden and McCarthy can ill-afford to lose more than eight Republican votes, as this would result in the legislation failing to pass, unless Democrats step in to make up the deficit.
Adding to the sense of urgency, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a warning on Friday, stating that the United States is perilously close to running out of cash and potentially defaulting on June 5. This impending crisis puts further pressure on lawmakers to act swiftly and decisively.
The House Freedom Caucus, known for its conservative principles, plans to hold a press briefing at noon Eastern time, where they will vehemently voice their opposition to the bill. Their stance underscores the deep-rooted concerns within the conservative wing of the Republican Party regarding the proposed legislation and its potential consequences.
As the deadline looms and opposition mounts from both sides of the aisle, the fate of the deal brokered by Biden and McCarthy hangs in the balance. It remains to be seen whether they can rally support and navigate the intricate web of political divisions to salvage the legislation or if it will ultimately crumble under the weight of ideological disagreements.