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‘Burn the Whole Place Down’: McCarthy Frustrated After Second Failed Vote

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., talks to reporters as the House voted to hold former President Donald Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino in contempt of Congress over their monthslong refusal to comply with subpoenas from the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 6, 2022.InternationalIndiaAfricaMary ManleyThe Thursday events marked the second instance in which Republican infighting has raised questions about the House speaker’s ability to maintain control of the lower chamber. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy sent House members home on Thursday for a three-day weekend despite failing to find a resolution that would help the government avoid a shutdown at the end of the month.Five GOP hardliners demanded additional spending cuts, blocking the debate on a key military funding bill.After vowing to work through the weekend in order to find a solution to the crisis, those plans were canceled with members being told they would get “ample notice” if any votes are rescheduled. Failing to find a solution to the crisis, members are showing little faith in McCarthy’s ability to avoid a government shutdown, which could begin in just 11 days.House Republicans have voiced their frustrations regarding intraparty fighting to the media.«We are very dysfunctional right now,» Rep. Tim Burchett, (R-TN) said, before fuming that GOP leaders «obviously can’t count» votes. He then compared McCarthy to his predecessor, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saying: «Speaker Pelosi, love her or hate her, she put something out there and they’d rally around it.»“This is painful. It gives me a headache. This is a very difficult series of missteps by our conference,” US Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) said. “If you can’t do [the defense bill], what can you do?”US Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY), a moderate Republican, seethed that the bickering within his party was a “clown show.” He added that Republicans will have to compromise if they want to get any work done in a government that is so heavily controlled by Democrats. «For my colleagues, they have to come to a realization: If they are unable or unwilling to govern, others will. And in a divided government where you have Democrats controlling the Senate, a Democrat controlling the White House, there needs to be a realization that you’re not going to get everything you want,» he said.«And just throwing a temper tantrum and stomping your feet, frankly not only is it wrong — it’s pathetic,» he added.McCarthy also slammed his conservative colleagues for wanting to “burn the place down.»AmericasBiden Announces $128 Million Ukraine Security Package Including Hawk Air Defense BatteryYesterday, 22:01 GMT»It’s frustrating in the sense that I don’t understand how anyone votes against bringing the idea up and having the debate,» he said. «This is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down. That doesn’t work.»The vote on Thursday failed 212 to 216, with five Republicans — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Matt Rosendale of Montana and Andy Biggs and Eli Crane, both of Arizona — voting no. Rules Committee Chairman Tom Cole, Oklahoma, also participated in the vote.Crane and Green originally voted for the rule earlier this week, but changed their vote on Thursday, catching fellow Republicans off-guard. Absences also affected the Thursday voting outcome.Crane, a member of the House Freedom Caucus and a newcomer to Congress, said he is demanding lower spending levels and wants no more aid for Ukraine.“[Constituents] understand there’s no appetite to quit spending money we don’t have, and they expect me to do whatever I can to stop it and to change how we do business up here,” he said.With the House stuck in a sort of paralysis, the new plan is for Republicans to try and complete work on individual, long-term spending bills, as their short-term funding bill did not have enough GOP votes amid hardliner opposition, according to one American news source.

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