In a private meeting, McCarthy proposed a temporary bill setting government spending at $1.47 trillion, a pre-pandemic level. This proposal also includes strict border controls and a commission to address spending and debt. Additionally, he mentioned moving individual spending bills totaling $1.56 trillion for the next year, a reduction from the amount agreed upon with President Biden in May.
McCarthy plans to reintroduce a Pentagon spending bill for voting after hard-line Republicans previously blocked it. However, two of these Republicans, Representatives Ken Buck and Ralph Norman, have reportedly shifted their stance.
Yet, the proposed cuts and immigration restrictions face bipartisan opposition in the Democratic-led Senate. With government funding ending on September 30, an agreement to prevent a shutdown remains uncertain.
Some Republicans, like Representative Matt Gaetz, remain opposed to any stopgap funding measure. However, Representative Patrick McHenry, a McCarthy supporter, views the current situation as a typical negotiation process within the party.
McCarthy remains determined to find a solution within the Republican Party, avoiding seeking assistance from Democrats, which could jeopardize his position as Speaker.