McCarthy may need the support of Democrats to push through the debt ceiling deal and a secret group of moderates could be there to nab him if the GOP revolts, report says

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 17: President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speak as they leave the US Capitol on Saint Patrick's Day, March 17, 2023 in Washington, DC.  McCarthy hosted Biden Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay prime minister, and members of Congress for the traditional Friends of Ireland St. Patrick's Day Luncheon.  The Friends of Ireland Caucus was founded in 1981 by the late Irish-American politicians Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Senator Daniel Moynihan (D-NY) and former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill (D-MA).  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speak at the exit of the US Capitol on Saint Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2023 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

  • President Biden and House Speaker McCarthy reached an agreement on the debt ceiling yesterday.

  • The proposal must pass the House, where some GOP members have said they will not support it.

  • A group of Democrats has formed to help carry the bill if GOP members revolt, Politico reported.

Kevin McCarthy, the House GOP chairman whose election was contested by members of his own party, may have to face off against fellow Republicans again to push through the debt ceiling deal.

Negotiators for McCarthy and President Joe Biden reached a tentative agreement yesterday after weeks of contentious partisan negotiations. The proposal will be voted on on Wednesday and requires a simple majority – 218 votes if all members are present – ​​to pass.

The GOP holds the majority in the House with 222 members against 213 seats for the Democrats.

As part of the deal, Reuters reported, discretionary non-defence spending will be capped at 2023 levels for two years in exchange for a similar period of debt ceiling increases.

But several House GOP members, some of whom declined to back McCarthy through 15 ballots for House speaker, have indicated they will not pass any bill that includes an increase in the debt ceiling.

“We’re already in a situation where you have members on the GOP side who have come out and said, no matter what, I’m not voting to raise the debt ceiling,” Fox correspondent Chad Pergram said. News. reported Florida Rep. Brian Mast said of the debt ceiling vote. “At least one or two have come out and said no matter what, they’re not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling. That brings the majority number down to two that you can lose.”

Representatives from the White House and Rep. McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

“The president’s own members don’t trust him. Many openly exploit him,” Sen. Adam Schiff said in a recent statement condemning McCarthy’s leadership. “McCarthy doesn’t care as long as he manages to hold that hammer.”

Politico reported that an unofficial group of dozens of Democrats had prepared to help push the debt ceiling deal through the House if Republican members chose not to back McCarthy’s deal with Biden.

“We’ll protect him if he does the right thing,” said Politico, one of the House Democrats involved in the talks.

In order for McCarthy to take over the leadership of the House of Representatives, he made concessions to Republican members who delayed the vote, changing House rules to allow any member to table a motion asking him to leave his seat with the support five additional members.

The change forces McCarthy to balance catering to the most extreme party members, while trying to govern productively.

“If he showed the courage to bring something to the floor that would result in a motion of vacancy, we would be there to keep him in the seat,” said Politico, a second centrist involved in the internal discussions. Although the Democrat noted that having McCarthy backed by the goodwill of his political rivals would be “a slower suicide.”

“I don’t think McCarthy is the kind of guy who wants that to be his kind of legacy,” Politico said, the rep said.

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