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Kevin McCarthy’s speakership in jeopardy as nine House Republicans send stinging letter warning appointment would be a ‘continuation of past and ongoing failures’

  • Support for Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, to become the next Speaker of the House may be declining
  • A letter from nine Republican House members stated that electing him to the position would be a ‘continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures’ 
  • Last week, McCarthy proposed a rule change in Congress that would make it easier to remove the Speaker of the House 
  • On Sunday, McCarthy met with GOP members to try to gain support for his speakership vote on January 3rd, when the new Congress takes office 

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Support for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to become the next House Speaker appears to be falling fast after nine Republican House members wrote a stinging letter warning how electing him would represent a ‘continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures.’ 

On Sunday, McCarthy met with GOP members in an attempt to garner support for his speakership vote on January 3, when the new Congress takes office. 

However, several GOP representatives, including Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Chip Roy of Texas, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland and Andrew Clyde of Georgia, along with Rep.-elects Andy Nogales of Tennessee, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida and Eli Crane of Arizona have voiced opposition to McCarthy’s candidacy and have pledged to vote against him. 

On New Years Eve McCarthy wrote on a letter entitled ‘Restoring the People’s House and Ending Business as Usual,’in which he admitted the dysfunction of the House of Representatives and his pledge to make it right – but that did not go down well with everyone in the GOP.

Support for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to become the next House Speaker appears to be falling fast after nine Republican House members wrote a stinging letter warning how electing him would represent a 'continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures.'

Support for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to become the next House Speaker appears to be falling fast after nine Republican House members wrote a stinging letter warning how electing him would represent a ‘continuation of past and ongoing Republican failures.’

‘Regrettably, however, despite some progress achieved, Mr. McCarthy’s statement comes almost impossibly late to address continued deficiencies ahead of the opening of the 118th Congress on January 3rd,’ the letter from the nine GOP members wrote. 

‘At this state, it cannot be a surprise that expressions of vague hopes reflected in far too many of the crucial points still under debate are insufficient. This is especially true with respect to Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy for speaker because the times call for radical departure from the status quo – not a continuation of past and ongoing, Republican failures,’ the letter stated. 

‘McCarthy’s statement also continues to propose to restrict the availability of the traditional motion to vacate the chair as a means of holding leadership accountable to its promises; we have from the beginning made clear that we will not accept following Nancy Pelosi’s example by insulating leadership in this way,’ the nine House GOP members said in their letter on Sunday. 

‘We also note that the statement fails completely to address the issue of leadership working to defeat conservatives in open primaries. The progress made thus far has been helpful and should guide our thinking going forward.’ 

On New Years Eve McCarthy wrote on a letter entitled 'Restoring the People's House and Ending Business as Usual,'in which he admitted the dysfunction of the House of Representatives and his pledge to make it right

On New Years Eve McCarthy wrote on a letter entitled ‘Restoring the People’s House and Ending Business as Usual,’in which he admitted the dysfunction of the House of Representatives and his pledge to make it right

Some far-right lawmakers within the party are also claiming there needs to be a shake-up in leadership.

McCarthy, a California congressman, is facing a Speaker election challenge from Arizona Republican Representative Andy Biggs.

Biggs, along with Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Bob Good of Virginia and Matt Rosendale of Montana have all publicly expressed their plans to vote against McCarthy in the January 3 elections.

Four of the members are within the House Freedom Caucus with the exception of Gaetz.

The five lawmakers have organized to try and prevent McCarthy from garnering the 218 votes needed to take the gavel from outgoing Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They have also vowed not to be picked off individually by McCarthy and said they would discuss any concessions he offers. 

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday that he would be 'surprised' if Kevin McCarthy weren't elected by his Party to become next Speaker of the House

House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday that he would be ‘surprised’ if Kevin McCarthy weren’t elected by his Party to become next Speaker of the House

When asked if McCarthy has what it takes to be Speaker, Hoyer said: ‘We’ll see.’

Hoyer added that if McCarthy wins the election, it’s proof that he’s able to at least put in the work against adversity.

‘He obviously – if he gets 218 votes – has the ability to put together the votes to be the leader of the Party,’ Hoyer told CNN. ‘And he will then be tested as to whether or not he can lead.’

‘But, you know, he’s worked pretty hard at it. He got close to the Holy Grail, and he had to step back. He didn’t give up, he kept going. And it appears to me that he will be the Speaker.’

Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs launched a bid against McCarthy for Speaker ¿ and is joined by four other Republican lawmakers looking to prevent McCarthy from winning

Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs launched a bid against McCarthy for Speaker – and is joined by four other Republican lawmakers looking to prevent McCarthy from winning

Hoyer says he has a good ‘working relationship’ with McCarthy.

Last week, McCarthy proposed a rule change that would make it easier to remove a House Speaker, a demand from influential GOP opponents, in exchange for his own ascent to the position.

Under the current rules, only a member of the House leadership can initiate a motion to remove the Speaker, but McCarthy’s proposal would allow any House member to force a vote to remove the Speaker at any time. 

Currently, only members of House leadership are able to do so, under rules implemented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.

To secure the speakership, McCarthy needs at least 218 votes, but with the Republican Party’s slim majority in the House with 222 seats, any additional defections could jeopardize his chances. 

During his meeting with fellow GOP members he acknowledged how rank-and-file members would be able to call for the speaker’s removal, although it is unclear how many members would need to sign on to the motion. 

Earlier on Sunday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he would be surprised if Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy weren’t elected by his party to become the next Speaker – but stopped short of saying whether he’s up to the task.

‘I would be surprised if he doesn’t [win],’ Representative Hoyer insisted to CNN‘s State of the Union on Sunday morning. ‘My expectation – he’ll be Speaker.’

The new Congress will convene on Tuesday, January 3 and will see Republicans take back a majority in the lower chamber – but not in the Senate.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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