Conservatives hinder McCarthy’s efforts by blocking Pentagon funding twice. On Thursday, House conservatives halted a vote on a Pentagon budget bill, marking the second time this week the legislation faced a setback in the chamber. This move is seen as a setback for Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

A group of six Republicans sided with Democrats to vote against the rule for the Pentagon’s budget bill, leading to its defeat. The vote concluded at 212-216. This outcome adds to McCarthy’s challenges as he attempts to push the appropriations process forward, especially with the government funding deadline approaching.

The Republicans who voted against the bill’s progression include Rep. Dan Bishop (N.C.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Matt Rosendale (Mont.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Eli Crane (Ariz.), and Tom Cole (Okla.). Notably, Cole changed his vote to “no” at the last minute, preserving his option to reintroduce the measure later.