WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders said they hope to go ahead with a vote Wednesday to raise the debt limit after making a series of changes overnight to beat holdouts.
«We can vote on this today,» Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-Los Angeles, who controls the floor schedule, told reporters after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans Wednesday night. tomorrow. «We want to get this done as soon as possible, but more importantly, we want President Biden to finally start getting involved in this process.»
The vote is a major test for Chairman Kevin McCarthy, who cannot lose more than four narrowly-majority Republican votes before the bill collapses, with Democrats expected to rally against it.
McCarthy faced initial skepticism from members of swing districts, who have slowly been brought in, as well as holdouts who represent the Midwest and are concerned about a reduction in ethanol funding, and conservatives who want changes like stricter work requirements for beneficiaries of safety net programs. .
Even if it passes the House, Senate Democrats have said the bill is dead and the White House has said Biden would veto it.
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