Schumer And McCarthy Go To War?

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( – According to congressional aides and strategists, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) don’t have a personal relationship as they head to fight things during the 118th Congress.

The two men are going to have to make concessions and battle over the debt limit, government funding, and the upcoming presidential election. However, with Schumer maintaining that McCarthy is not focusing on what would benefit the American public but is instead choosing to push an “extreme” agenda it seems unlikely that the two men will find a middle ground.

Still, Schumer has said that he is willing to try in order to stop a potential government shutdown or in order to pass a debt ceiling hike.

Rodell Mollineau, a Democratic strategist, pointed out that up until now the two men never had a reason to be close, especially since allying with Schumer would not have positive effects on the support he received from his conference.

It is also important to remember that so far McCarthy does not have much of a public relationship with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), despite this, aides have said that the two leaders meet each other at least once in every congressional period and that they tend to meet frequently.

Even if the two are close there are certain things that they do disagree on. For example, the year-end $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package caused a lot of tension as McConnell supported the deal while McCarthy urged the Senate not to support it.

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