As the House of Representatives resumes business today, tensions flare within the Republican camp. A group of hardline conservatives, known as the House Freedom Caucus, are stirring up political turmoil and they’re at odds with Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Their contention: they claim the recent debt ceiling bill lacked the spending cuts they wanted. Last week we saw these conservatives halt the House demanding more action from McCarthy, and it’s still a mystery if they’ll continue to use these delay tactics.
The focus this week, Republican bills aiming to remove federal regulations on gas stoves, add congressional approval for new regulations, and overturn the ban on pistol braces. And let’s not forget these hardliners are disputing the fact that the firearms bill was initially withdrawn as payback for opposing the debt ceiling bill.
If they keep up their opposition, they could fracture McCarthy’s slim majority, leading to a delay in key legislation. Moderate Republicans feel that the strategy could backfire.