- by cnn
- 01 Oct 2023
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy helped secure a debt limit deal - now he has to secure its passage in the House, with little room for error and a looming threat to his speakership.
In a win for McCarthy, a key Republican said he expects to support a rule to set parameters for debate. The powerful House Rules Committee must still vote to adopt the rule, but with that anticipated support, it is now on track to do so - a hurdle that must be cleared before the bill can come to the House floor for a final vote.
"I want to see the rule (first) it's not printed yet, it's not been read, but I anticipate voting for this rule," GOP Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky said as the committee met to consider the debt limit bill. It had previously been unclear how Massie planned to vote. If he did not support the rule, the debt limit bill may have been unable to advance to the House floor.
The timeframe to get the bill passed through both chambers of Congress and signed into law is extremely tight. Lawmakers are racing the clock to avert a catastrophic default ahead of June 5, the day the Treasury Department has said it will no longer be able to pay all of the nation's obligations in full and on time.
In another positive sign for the bill's prospects in the House, a wide range of members on both sides of the aisle - many of them moderates - appear poised to coalesce behind the deal to avert default. Republicans believe they are pushing toward 150 Republican votes or more, two sources told CNN.
That's more than a majority of the Republican conference, which McCarthy has been promising for days he could get on the bill.
To win the speakership, McCarthy agreed to name three conservative hardliners - GOP Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, Massie and Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina - to the Rules committee, a major concession since usually the panel is stacked with close allies of the leadership.
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