Republicans Double Down, Refuse To Negotiate

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( – On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) stated that most people in the GOP “don’t feel like we should negotiate with our hostage” regarding reaching a compromise on increasing the debt ceiling.

The comments made by the Florida Representative further underline the position that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as he tries to negotiate a deal with the White House, which would be successful in the House.

On Tuesday, Gaetz told Semafor that the majority of his conservative colleagues supported ‘Limit, Save, Grow, and don’t believe that there was a reason to “negotiate with our hostage.” This further shows his support for the GOP bill that has already passed through the House which would cut federal spending by around 18 percent while increasing the debt ceiling.

Conservatives have been clear that they would not support any debt ceiling increase that would not also include large spending cuts and concessions from President Biden. This makes it harder for McCarthy to come up with a deal that will gain enough support in the House. McCarthy also needs to consider the possibility that members of his conference may choose to make a motion to vacate at any moment.

This is something that Gaetz also pointed out by saying that it only takes one person to make the call, which is why McCarthy needs to be performing at his best. Gaetz added that in his view McCarthy was doing a good job. He did clarify however that while the motion to vacate is an option, currently there are no discussions in the conference about McCarthy being pushed out of his seat and that no one has brought up the idea of him being removed.

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