(GoRealNewsNow.com) – BREAKING NOW: The attempt by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to prevent a federal government shutdown crumbled just moments ago.
This happened as a group of conservative members turned down the proposal, making the government closure more probable.
Though the legislation proposed by McCarthy included significant reductions in funding, slashing about 30% off several agencies’ budgets and implementing strict border control measures, some Republicans on the far right argued it was not stringent enough.
The Democrats and the White House found the GOP’s method excessively rigid.
As Saturday’s deadline to ensure governmental funding approached, the failure of this bill meant that the avenues to avert a closure were limited. Such a shutdown would have implications for federal staff, lead to the military working unpaid, and potentially affect many services and programs depended upon by countless US citizens.
This situation jeopardizes McCarthy’s position as the House Speaker, particularly when his influence is vital during crucial times that seem to push the government to the brink.
Before the vote, McCarthy seemed to challenge those in his party reluctant to support the bill, hinting at the looming shutdown on Saturday. Had it been successful, this legislation would have ensured that government operations continued until the end of October.
“Every member will have to go on record where they stand,” McCarthy commented while at the Capitol.
When questioned about the likelihood of the bill getting approved, McCarthy humorously remarked, “We’ll see.”
During the discussion on the House floor, Rep. Matt Gaetz from Florida, one of the primary opponents within the Republican party to McCarthy, proclaimed he would not support the bill. He labeled the border control measures inadequate and asked fellow members to “not surrender.”
With the deadlock, the federal government is on course to shut down post-midnight Saturday. Such a move would result in the military’s 2 million personnel going unpaid, furloughing federal employees, and disrupting numerous governmental services and initiatives essential to people nationwide. Thus far, Congress has not succeeded in financing the agencies or approving an interim bill to keep them functional.
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