The vote served as a major blow to McCarthy and poured cold water on the notion that Congress could avert a shutdown before Saturday.
A negative social media campaign against the Florida congressman has taken center stage in the latest House Republican squabble as a government shutdown looms.
They both introduced amendments on Wednesday to reduce to $1 the salaries of cabinet officials they don’t like.
“The Republicans have done this before and they've lost every time,” Ryan Cooper, managing editor of The American Prospect, said on this week’s The New Abnormal.
“This is a whole new concept of individuals that just want to burn the whole place down,” he fumed.
Members didn’t hold back from trashing their colleagues in public over the doomed plan to avoid a government shutdown.
It’s hard to know which is worse: saying things like that because you believe them, or saying them when you don’t.