McCarthy Waves Off Freedom Caucus Calls Against Debt Ceiling Compromise

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Friday brushed off a letter from the conservative House Freedom Caucus members rejecting concessions on his debt limit negotiations with the White House and told reporters he felt “progress” was made in the prior night’s talks.

“You’re talking to people who don’t know what’s in the deal, so I’m not concerned about anybody making any comments right now about what they think is in or not in,” McCarthy said when asked about the letter. “Whenever we come to an agreement, we’ll make sure we will first brief our entire conference. So when you go and ask them questions, at least let them know what’s in it before they’re trying to get it.

“Look, what’s going through right now is, members don’t know what’s all in. You all report things that aren’t really true in the process, so people get concerned,” McCarthy said. “If you wonder about holding the line, where we’ve been all the time, we don’t want to be in this deadline. We wanted to solve this months before.”

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