WASHINGTON — The race is on for congressional leaders to secure votes to pass a bipartisan compromise struck by President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to avoid a catastrophic debt default just one week away. by the June 5 deadline.

Faced with skepticism or criticism within their ranks, leaders of both parties mobilized on Monday to bolster support for the bill.

House Republican leaders held a conference call with reporters Monday to promote the deal.

“This is a historic Republican victory,” said Rep. Elise Stefanik, RN.Y., chair of the GOP conference. “It will reduce spending year after year.”

Hardline Republicans in both houses criticized the deal, setting the stage for a contentious showdown Tuesday in the House Rules Committee, which is scheduled to consider the bill before an expected full House vote on Wednesday. .

Representative Ralph Norman, RS.C., called the deal «insanity» and said the bill «has virtually no cuts.» Rep. Chip Roy, Republican of Texas, issued a torrent of tweets blasting the deal like a «shit sandwich». Norman and Roy are on the Rules Committee. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the deal contains «false spending cuts.»

«The Tories have sold out once again!» he tweeted.

Still, those right-wing members may be a minority among Republicans on Capitol Hill. Some are confident that the bill will succeed.

“Oh, this will absolutely pass,” Rep. Dusty Johnson, RS.D., chair of the center-right Main Street Caucus, told reporters. «There is no doubt about that. I’ve talked to dozens of members, and listen, not all members are on board. But when was the last time every member of Congress agreed on something?

Republican congresswoman: ‘We’re going to get there’

Many McCarthy allies touted the new Congressional Budget Office estimates provided to some Republican leaders that have not been made public, two Republican sources said. Estimates say the Biden-McCarthy debt ceiling bill would cut $2.1 trillion in spending if the targets are met over six years, even though only two years are binding in the bill.

The legislation would extend the debt limit by two years and combine it with a two-year budget deal that would modestly reduce non-defense spending and increase military spending to $886 billion, the amount Biden requested for next year. .

Senator Lindsey Graham, RS.C., damned the invoice as a «defense catastrophe» on Twitter, calling Biden’s Defense Department spending figure inadequate and threatening to delay the bill in the chamber. If the House passes the bill on Wednesday, the Senate would have five days to pass it before next Monday’s deadline.

Rep. Stephanie Bice, R-Okla., said the bill will pass with bipartisan support.

“We’re going to get there,” Bice said. “There is going to be bipartisan support on this legislation. The president is supporting him. I think we are in a very good place. Spending cuts are what we ask for; no new taxes is what we ask for; what we are asking for is that there be no clean debt ceiling. And that’s exactly what we have.»

House progressives were silent for most of Monday as they held an afternoon call to discuss the legislation and the way forward.

Privately, some expressed disappointment with provisions such as expanding work requirements from 50-year-olds to 55-year-olds for federal benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. They’re also not happy that the bill would speed up the Mountain Valley pipeline, a natural gas pipeline under construction from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia, and permit review for energy and infrastructure projects.

Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., called the workplace rules «bad policy» that would not help reduce unemployment.

«We’ve seen tons of data showing that when these job requirements are put in place, they’re really just red tape that prevents people who need help from getting help.» she said sunday on CNN’s «State of the Union.»

Democrats say they reject ‘extreme’ Republican demands

Meanwhile, House Democratic leaders sent a memo encouraging lawmakers to sell the legislation as a defeat for «extreme MAGA Republicans» and arguing that it rejects «extreme Republican demands to eliminate critical lifelines.» for ordinary Americans.»

House Democrats are facing an internal conflict over how to proceed, according to caucus sources. Policy concerns aside, some are upset that they were largely shut out of the negotiations and feel no primary responsibility for pushing the bill to the brink. But they are also heavily invested in Biden’s political success and protecting the US economy, which some believe will be enough to win approval.

Rep. Annie Kuster, DN.H., chair of the center-left Coalition of New Democrats, praised the deal, saying, «We look forward to engaging with the White House on our Democratic leadership team in calling for support for the vote.»

Kuster said she is «pleased that the debt ceiling is raised and that we won’t have this fight again until at least 2025,» adding that the bill would protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, clean energy provisions from the Inflation Reduction Act and the CHIPS and Science Act.

«There are going to be some hard pills to swallow,» Kuster said, citing the Mountain Valley pipeline as a «significant concern» some members of the Coalition of New Democrats have expressed. But overall, he said, the White House negotiators «did an outstanding job.»

“I don’t see it as a transformational change in government funding or the impact on the vast majority of the American people,” Kuster said. «For some people’s lives, it will be very significant. But for most Americans, they won’t notice it.»

Roy, the Freedom Caucus member who is on the Rules Committee, has argued that Democrats would get more out of the deal than Republicans. he tweeted on monday that McCarthy, R-Calif., had promised that «nothing would pass the Rules Committee without AT LEAST 7 Republican votes.»

That was news to other Republicans.

«I don’t get that at all,» Bice said Monday.

Johnson said, «I’m a rules guy. When someone tells me something has to happen a certain way, the first thing I do is pull out the rules. And when I checked, there wasn’t a rule that something has to happen.» of Rules unanimously».