Fox News’ Harris Faulkner grilled Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday, asking whether he will be able to muster enough support to pass his debt ceiling agreement despite multiple Republicans refusing to support the deal.
The House is slated to vote on the Fiscal Responsibility Act on Wednesday night, and it is expected to pass with bipartisan support. The bill would suspend the debt ceiling through Jan. 1, 2025, and does not specify a dollar amount by which the limit will be raised. It also includes work requirements for welfare recipients.
Several Republicans have spoken out against the legislation, including South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance, Texas Rep. Chip Roy and South Carolina Reps. Ralph Norman and Nancy Mace. More than two dozen House Republicans have pledged to oppose the bill, meaning the bill must receive Democratic support to pass.
“The conservative Freedom Caucus [is] promising a reckoning over the deal,” Faulkner said, showing clips of Roy, Mace and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry ripping the deal as a failure. (RELATED: Rep. Dan Bishop Calls For Speaker McCarthy’s Removal Over Debt Ceiling Deal)
“How do you get this done without those 35 votes?” Faulkner asked McCarthy.
“We’ll get it done overwhelmingly,” McCarthy said. “Before this I had 17 Republicans who had never voted for a debt ceiling period. To govern is not easy, but I don’t want to be on the wrong side of history. Every single one of the members who vote ‘no’ will miss the opportunity to vote for the largest cut in American history.”
“Can you get it done without them?” Faulkner again pushed.
“Oh yeah, we’ll get it done without them,” he responded, telling Faulkner he expected to get enough support from Democrats to pass the deal.