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House Republicans Race Toward Debt Ceiling Vote After 11th-hour Rewrite

For it to pass, McCarthy can only lose four votes

House Republicans are rallying around their proposal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit and slash federal spending after leadership made a flurry of last-minute changes designed to win over key GOP holdouts – a major reversal after leadership insisted they would not alter the bill text.

Following a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday morning, where Speaker Kevin McCarthy walked members through some of the 11th-hour changes, a number of conservatives and members representing ethanol-producing states who had initially signaled opposition began to fall in line.

GOP leaders are now expressing confidence they’re on track to pass the bill later Wednesday, even as a small handful of members are still threatening to vote against it. McCarthy can only afford to lose four votes.

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