McCarthy pushing to release debt limit bill Wednesday and wants floor vote next week

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told his leadership team that he wants to release bill text Wednesday detailing his party’s plan to raise the national debt limit for one year and is pushing for a floor vote next week, according to three sources familiar with the matter, a move that will set off a furious effort to limit GOP defections in the high-stakes fight with the White House.

McCarthy and his team have spent the last several weeks trying to assemble a Republican package of spending cuts and budget savings to pair with the debt limit increase – and the speaker confidently told CNN that “yes” that he will have the votes to pass the package next week.

But he needs to include enough sweeteners to woo skeptical conservative hardliners without alienating his moderate members and swing-district Republicans, limiting defections to no more than four Republicans.

The move sets off the biggest test of McCarthy’s young speakership as the White House has insisted that the borrowing limit be raised without any conditions, a position that the House GOP has steadfastly rejected as Washington stares at the prospect of the first-ever US debt default as early as this summer.


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