Still, the deal marks a turning point toward reining in government spending after years of record-breaking Covid-related bailouts and two signature Biden initiatives unleashinglarge government investmentsin infrastructure and combating climate change.
Even so, hard-line conservatives denounced the compromise for falling short of Republican demands for deeper spending cuts and more stringent work requirements for recipients of food assistance and other anti-poverty aid.
Fury among ultra-conservatives over the concessions poses a serious risk to McCarthy since he could be thrown out of his job by even a small group of Republicans because of his partys narrow majority. Republican Rep. Dan Bishop said Tuesday he would call for a vote to remove the speaker.
Democratic progressives also were angered over the agreements spending cuts, provisions expediting permitting for energy projects and expanded work requirements for federal food stamps. Revving up lackluster enthusiasm for Biden that Democrats core progressive voters are showing in recent polls will be critical to the presidents reelection.
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