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Speaker McCarthy defends budget compromise as conservatives balk: 'A step in the right direction'
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says his budget deal with President Biden is a "step in the right direction," but doesn't do "everything for everyone."
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy defended his budget deal with President Biden against conservative critics on Sunday.
McCarthy, R-Calif., faced attacks from members of the House Freedom Caucus after unveiling an "agreement in principle" with the White House this weekend. The speaker acknowledged that conservatives may not have gotten everything they wanted from the legislation, but argued Democrats got nothing at all.
"Maybe it doesn't do everything for everyone, but this is a step in the right direction that no one thought that we would be able to today," McCarthy told "Fox News Sunday," going on to tout that his legislation cuts all funding increases for the IRS in 2023.
"I'll debate this bill with anybody," he continued. "Is it everything I wanted? No, because we don't control all of it. But it is the biggest recission in history. It is the biggest cut Congress has ever voted for in that process."
The deal would claw back some unspent COVID-19 pandemic funds and provide a cut from funding granted to the IRS in President Biden's Inflation Reduction Act, multiple sources have told Fox News. It would also suspend the debt limit until after the 2024 presidential election.
McCarthy says the bill will sit for public review for 72 hours before coming up for a vote in the House.
Some members of the GOP caucus expressed frustration with the current state of negotiations, however. Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., said he was a "hard pass" on the deal as it stands.
"A $4 trillion debt ceiling increase? With virtually none of the key fiscally responsible policies passed in the Limit, Save, Grow Act kept intact? Hard pass. Hold the line," he tweeted.