Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t appear to have the votes needed to win the House Speaker’s gavel on the first ballot as a crucial group of conservative Republicans have demanded a “radical departure from the status quo” in the leadership of bedroom.
In a Sunday night conference call with members of the GOP conference, McCarthy (R-Calif.) acceded to a key request pressed by members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, who had insisted that the process of removal of a speaker — known as a “Cancellation Motion” — to be initiated by just five Republican members instead of a majority.
A “motion to quash” was filed in 2015 by the then representative. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and triggered the resignation of then-House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The rule was changed in 2019 by Democrats.
Nine hardline Republicans — Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Chip Roy of Texas, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland, Andrew Clyde of Georgia and Rep-elect Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida and Eli Crane of l Arizona — rejected McCarthy’s proposed rule changes as “insufficient”.
McCarthy’s “declaration comes almost incredibly late to address lingering shortcomings before” the new Congress, they wrote.
“It is not surprising that the vague expressions of hope reflected in too many crucial points still under debate are insufficient. This is especially true when it comes to Mr. McCarthy’s bid for president, as the times call for a radical break with the status quo – not a continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures,” the group wrote. new ones in his answer.
They added that “Mr. McCarthy squarely bears the burden of correcting the dysfunction he now explicitly admits during this long tenure.
The 11th-hour concession shows how far the California Republican still has to go to secure the 218 votes needed to reach the president’s gavel in Tuesday’s full House vote.
With 222 Republicans ready to be sworn in and all Democrats expected to oppose McCarthy’s nomination, the Californian can only afford to lose four members.
McCarthy also faces a hammer challenge from Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, a member of the five-person “Never Kevin Caucus” that includes Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia, Matt Rosendale of Montana and Ralph Norman of Carolina. from South. .
Failure to reach the 218-vote threshold could result in an extended floor vote.
“Sometimes it took days, sometimes hours, sometimes weeks. So hopefully that doesn’t happen,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.), an avowed McCarthy supporter, told Fox News Monday.
Well, in a Monday interview on ‘Fox & Friends’, said McCarthy had done nothing to ‘win my vote’ and ripped the former House Minority Leader as ‘part of the Swamp Cartel’ .
“Nothing about Kevin McCarthy indicates that he will bring about the necessary change in Washington or Congress, or that he will lead the fight against the Biden-Schumer agenda and represent the interests of the voters who sent us to Washington to bring about real change,” he said.
With post wires