House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Sunday that he is not worried about losing his speakership over the debt ceiling deal he made with President Joe Biden.
Biden and McCarthy announced the deal on Saturday to raise the debt ceiling for two years, freeze spending on domestic programs, increase spending on defense and veterans issues and impose some new work requirements on federal food assistance programs, according to CNN.
But, some House Republicans are already slamming the deal and vowing to oppose it, thus raising the question about whether McCarthy will face a vote to oust him as speaker.
One of the concessions McCarthy made during the protracted fight for speaker in January was to change a chamber rule and allow just one House member to call for a vote to remove the sitting speaker.
Asked if he is concerned about facing a potential vote to remove him over the debt ceiling deal McCarthy told reporters, “not at all.”
“I’m not sure who you’re talking to because we did a conference call with our conference and over 95 percent were overwhelmingly excited about what they see. They’re getting the text today,” he added. “In every single negotiation when it comes to debt ceiling and others you get both sides of the party voting to pass the bills and I expect the same thing to happen.”