Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) reportedly told members of his conference in a meeting that he will not bring the Senate’s bipartisan stopgap bill to the House floor for a vote.
The Senate passed the resolution on Tuesday on a 77-19 bipartisan vote. The legislation would fund the government through Nov. 17 as negotiations continue. Congress must pass legislation to fund the government by the end of this month to avoid a shutdown.
However, McCarthy will not bring the bipartisan Senate bill up for a vote even though Republicans are struggling to reach consensus on legislation to avert a shutdown and some members of the House Republican conference say they will not support a continuing resolution.
“I don’t think he plans to do that,” Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) told The Hill when asked if McCarthy would bring the Senate stopgap bill up for a vote. “He reiterated that this morning. I called on him to consistently say that to the public, let the Senate know that’s dead on arrival and that there’s no way the House would pass that bill.”
McCarthy later told reporters that he doesn’t “see the support” for the Senate stopgap bill the House.
But some Democrats, especially from districts Biden won in 2020 say they would be on board with supporting the Senate’s bill.
Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said McCarthy should bring the bill to the floor if it is the “only option.”
“I don’t want a shutdown,” he says. “I would support it.”