House Republicans have become so dysfunctional that far-right members of the party appear to be on the same side as President Joe Biden.
On Thursday, both Mr. Biden and Representative Lauren Bobert of Colorado criticized House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California for allowing the House to end business for the week and lawmakers to begin long weekends — even as the A government shutdown looks increasingly inevitable.
“The last time there was a government shutdown, 800,000 Americans were laid off or worked without pay. But enjoy your weekend,” Mr. Biden wrote to X on Thursday.
In a rare moment of agreement with the president, Ms Bobert also agreed X to make a similar comment.
“Congress should not be sent home this week without passing any individual appropriations bills that reduce spending and show the American people that we are making progress and can govern,” he wrote.
“I expect this to happen for the 3rd District and I will continue to work hard for my constituents. Now is absolutely not the time to give up!'
Mr McCarthy was hit with another setback on Thursday, as a procedural vote to start the debate on military funding failed when six members of his own party joined with the Democrats in voting against.
The House speaker is being pressured by the far-right wing of the GOP to bring up 12 appropriations bills instead of an overall package that would provide funding for the entire government.
The House is unlikely to pass all of these bills before the shutdown, as the Oct. 1 deadline is fast approaching.
It is even less likely that the Democratic-led Senate and Mr. Biden will agree to anything passed by the House before the deadline.
Mr McCarthy is said to be considering a 30-day funding bill to prevent a full government shutdown.
However, in the face of all this, House leadership still said the chamber was closing shop for the week on Thursday.
While Mr McCarthy faces criticism from both parties, he lashed out at right-wing Republicans earlier on Thursday, telling reporters it was “disappointing in the sense that I don't understand why anyone would vote against introducing the idea and having the debate”.
“And then you got all the amendments if you don't like the bill. This is a whole new idea for people who just want to burn the whole place down. It's not working,” he added.
The speaker also reportedly had stern words with far-right members of his party behind closed doors, telling them to continue their threats to remove him from the speech.
“If you think you're scaring me because you want to move a motion to quit, move the motion to stop,” he said at a meeting last week, according to Politico.
“Just move the expense accounts,” Matt Gaetz of Florida reportedly replied.
The White House joined in by poking fun at both Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Gaetz, sharing a headline from the satirical The onion website on Wednesday.
“We're going to have a government shutdown and it's absolutely Speaker McCarthy's fault,” Mr. Gaetz told Fox News.
“We can't blame Joe Biden for not shifting our individual spending accounts. We can't blame House Democrats. We can't even blame Chuck Schumer in the Senate.”
The White House republished the comments on Xadding a screenshot of The onion with the headline: “Heartbreaking: The Worst Person You Know Just Made a Great Point.”