Asked by host John Berman if there was going to be a shutdown, Swalwell replied:
“There shouldn’t be.” … Democrats are ready to vote to keep the government open. But right now, the Republicans have failed to protect, they have failed to fund, and they have failed to govern. They are the failures.
Swalwell criticized McCarthy, whose leadership faltered under pressure from hard-liners. The speaker had hoped to advance the defense bill and then develop an interim spending plan to keep the government fully funded after the Sept. 30 deadline. But infighting could prevent that from happening.
“He must choose competence over chaos,” Swalwell said. “He must choose, for the first time in his life, to be a leader rather than a spectator speaker. »