Rep. Eric Swalwell said on Sunday that while though Kevin McCarthy is technically the House speaker, other Republicans are actually in charge as the government fumbles towards a shutdown.
Spectator Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Swalwell (D-Calif.) remarked on MSNBC’s “Inside with Jen Psaki” that while Trump has the official title, he actually shares the position with Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz.
On Sunday, Swalwell added to the chorus of Republicans who have accused McCarthy of failing to lead his party to a larger majority in the House.
Republican infighting with hardliners who have sworn to reject to any stopgap measure has delayed the passage of measures to fund the government in the House. Even though some of his own party’s most conservative members have called for McCarthy’s ouster as speaker, Rep. McCarthy is determined to deliver the Republican Party’s opening bid to the Senate Democrats. The government’s budget will end on September 30.
Rep. Swalwell argued that the fault lies with McCarthy, who is “only worried about his own job and keeping it” rather than the plight of ordinary Americans if the government were to shut down.
Rather than waiting for the government to run out of money, “McCarthy could simply bring forward the same legislation that Senator Schumer and McConnell have worked on in the Senate, that President Biden would sign,” added Swalwell.
The Republicans in the House, on the other hand, have failed. These people are the losers. They were a dismal government. They are unable to fund projects because they cannot rule. They will fail to safeguard us because they cannot afford to devote resources to all of the essential functions of government.