House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) disregarded the threat from some within his own party to remove him Saturday, while the House of Representatives continues to try and prevent a government shutdown.
The House will take up a 45-day continuing resolution, which will be voted on suspension, meaning it will need a two-thirds vote of the House to pass. As McCarthy hopes to prevent a shutdown, he's also facing a small but vocal minority within the GOP that would be interested in removing him, though this group has not come up with an agreed-upon replacement.
"You know what, if somebody wants to remove because I want to be the adult in the room. Go ahead and try. But I think this country is too important. And I will stand with our military. I'll stand with our border agents," McCarthy said.
Lawmakers are set to vote on the bill on the House floor Saturday early afternoon, before the Senate meets to vote on their continuing resolution proposal at 1 p.m. Some Republicans are optimistic the bill will get the necessary Democratic support to pass, while there's also a portion of the GOP conference that has indicated they will not support the bill.
Funding for Ukraine has been a major sticking point for several of the right-wing Republican members of the House, with several members threatening to vote no on any package that includes the funds. Comparatively, funding for Ukraine has been more popular in the Democrat Party, and the Senate has already backed a continuing resolution that includes funds for Ukraine.
The government will shutdown on Oct. 1 should a continuing resolution not pass. As a result, hundreds of thousands of federal workers would be furloughed or have to work without pay.
Should one occur, many federal agencies would shut down, with the exception of essential services for the federal government. Those still required to work would do so without pay until the government reopens. Congress would still receive its pay during the shutdown, as it is constitutionally mandated.
The last government shutdown occurred in December 2018-January 2019, and lasted 35 days.
Reese Gorman contributed to this report.