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Speaker McCarthy said there has been 'progress' made on shutdown talks

McCarthy took a shot at some Republicans in terms of negotiations. 

Published: September 17, 2023 2:27pm

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during a Sunday morning interview that “good progress” had been made in regard to shutdown talks. 

“I feel we made some good progress this weekend. When Republicans took the majority, we wanted to change Washington,” he said during an exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News.

“We make members show up for work, no more proxy voting, bills have to go through committee, no more of these omnibuses where bills — the appropriation bills get jammed to us on Christmas time," he continued. "But what we’re trying to do is pass them individually.”

McCarthy went on to take a shot at some Republicans in terms of negotiations. 

“Unfortunately, I had a handful of members last week — that literally the Republicans stopped the Department of Defense appropriations from coming forward,” he said.  “None of them can complain. This is giving our troops a pay raise, making our military strong against China, getting the wokeism that the Democrats have put in, out.”

If Congress doesn't pass spending legislation by Sept. 30, the U.S. government will shut down, according to reports.

“And so I’m trying to get that to move forward to stop — make sure that the Republicans aren’t stopping us from being able to get our work done before the 30th,” McCarthy added.

Charlotte Hazard is a reporter at Just the News. Follow her on Twitter.  

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