Rep. Eric Swalwell says Republicans are treating the House like Trump's own law ... trends now
Rep. Eric Swalwell said the House is acting like they are a 'law firm with just one client' - former President Donald Trump as he slammed Speaker Kevin McCarthy for barreling toward a government shutdown.
His comments to MSNBC host Jen Psaki come just days before the House must reach a deal to avoid a government shutdown by passing all 12 appropriation bills for the annual funding of federal agencies.
'The House, unfortunately, has become a law firm, with just one client, Donald Trump,' Swalwell said in noting those running the lower chamber have their priorities elsewhere than avoiding a shutdown.
'And, again, it's at the expense of American people,' he noted, adding that 'people are going to feel the pain' of a shutdown in coming weeks.
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said Republicans in the House are treating Congress like it's a law firm with a single client in Donald Trump
While the House needs to pass appropriations before September 30 to avoid a shutdown, Republicans have focused-in on other issues. Earlier this month, McCarthy announced when coming back into session after August recess an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.) said Sunday that he's open to voting to oust Speaker McCarthy if he can't reach a deal in time to prevent a shutdown.
Meanwhile, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) predicts the shutdown is inevitable at this point as Republicans refuse to band together behind a single deal – and a MAGA-arm of the Party persists in wanting Speaker McCarthy out.
'Kevin McCarthy is a spectator speaker,' Swalwell insisted. 'He may have the title, but Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz, they all share the job.'
'And the problem is, is that McCarthy is only worried about his own job, and keeping it, and not the jobs of your viewers – the millions who would be affected if we don't pay our troops, if we don't pay border agents, if we don't pay air traffic controllers,' the lawmaker said during his MSNBC interview Sunday morning.
'McCarthy could simply bring forward the same legislation that Senator Schumer and McConnell have worked on in the Senate, that President Biden would sign, and be an adult and put the country first, and we would fund the government before funding run out.'
'But, instead, the House Republicans are failures.'
A government shutdown could be just days away as the