The growing threat of a government shutdown will likely be the focus of Sunday’s newscasts after a busy week, perhaps in another week.
The federal government is expected to run out of money at the end of this month unless Congress passes a budget or temporary funding package on time. House Republicans are in crisis as hardline conservatives push back against Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) efforts to pass a spending bill.
One such hardline conservative, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), will appear on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Mr. Gaetz threatened to fire Mr. McCarthy, citing funding disputes and other disagreements with the House speaker.
A government shutdown seems more likely by the day as conservative opponents show no signs of working with Mr. McCarthy or the majority of Republicans who want to pass a budget. But even if an agreement were reached, the plan backed by Mr. McCarthy would be unlikely to pass the Democratic Senate.
Mr. McCarthy said this week that he wanted to pass a short-term funding measure, potentially accepting a bipartisan plan put forward by the Problem Solvers Caucus that would keep funding at current levels and give Congress more time to debate it. He hinted at something. Spend your entire budget.
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania), co-chair of the caucus, is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
The intraparty conflict has exposed Mr. McCarthy to a barrage of criticism from Democrats, who have urged him to stick to his promise to make small budget cuts, as agreed to in a bipartisan agreement earlier this year. .
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D.C.) slammed McCarthy on Saturday, saying he was pandering to the interests of a small group of conservative holdouts in his caucus.
“I don’t think they have a late game,” Clyburn said of the holdouts. “I think what they’re trying to do is satisfy five or six people who made some kind of deal…It’s like wagging the tail at the dog. They don’t have a plan.”
Clyburn is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.
The ongoing labor dispute in Detroit is also likely to headline Sunday’s show. The United Auto Workers union on Friday expanded its strike against the “big three” automakers to 38 new plants across the country.
President Biden supports the strike and announced he will walk with picketers in Michigan on Tuesday.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will likely do a triple-duty this week, speaking about the auto industry and appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” “Meet the Press” and “State of the Union.”
The war in Ukraine is also back in focus as Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskiy visited New York City and Washington this week, meeting with Biden and Congressional leaders and addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska will appear on CBS’s “Face the Nation” to talk about the war effort.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio), a staunch supporter of Ukraine, is also scheduled to appear on “This Week.” He appeared on “Face the Nation” last Sunday and encouraged Biden to deploy long-range missiles to Ukraine. The United States is now expected to send long-range weapons to Ukraine. NBC reported.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D.N.J.) was indicted Friday on federal bribery charges, the second time he has been charged with corruption since taking office. The indictment sparked a chorus of calls from Democrats, including more than half of New Jersey’s Democratic delegation in Congress, for Menendez to resign.
Among them was Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D.N.J.), who is scheduled to appear on “State of the Union.”
The ever-present 2024 presidential election will also be a hot topic. Presidential candidates former Governor Chris Christie (RN.J.) and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) will appear on “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday,” respectively.
Both men are among the candidates who have qualified for the second Republican debate in California on Wednesday night. Former President Trump again skipped the debate, choosing instead to speak to autoworkers in Detroit.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is leading the debate, is scheduled to appear on “Fox News Sunday.” Wednesday’s debate will be hosted by FOX Business Channel.
Below is the complete list of guests scheduled to appear on this Sunday’s talk show.
ABC’s “This Week” — Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. Congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio).
NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Buttigieg; former New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie. Congressman James Clyburn (DS.C.).
CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.). Congressman Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas).
CNN’s “State of the Union” — Buttigieg; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D.N.J.), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Rep. Summer Lee (D-PA). .
“Fox News Sunday” — South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Republican presidential candidate. Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee Chair; Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).
FOX News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” — Representatives Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Matt Gaetz (R-Florida). Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah). Republican presidential candidate Larry Elder. Conservative news host Mark Levin.
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