House Republicans have returned to Washington. Will Kevin McCarthy direct it?
The Republican House is ready to take over. Nancy Pelosi yes already moved out the Speaker’s office and the GOP’s slim majority to bring it into the new Congress on Tuesday. But even with just 24 hours left until his party takes power, Kevin McCarthy it seems he is still short of the votes he needs to take over the gavel.
A group of nine far-right House Republicans wrote Sunday that McCarthy still hasn’t done enough to win their support. His latest moves came in a week-long lobbying effort “almost impossibly late” to address their concerns, read his a letter signed by famous ultra conservatives Paul Gosar, Scott Perryand Red Chipamong others.
McCarthy can only lose four votes from his own party on Tuesday when the decision comes to the House floor. On Sunday, he made a series of major concessions to the right wing of his party, including promising to create a select committee to investigate the “weaponization” of the FBI and the Department of Justice, and ability for House Republicans to submit. snap vote at any time. However, those who remained said that McCarthy’s offers were “insufficient” and “vague” (one of their claims). it seems that requests that they basically want it to be even easier to oust the McCarthy as Speaker). For his part, McCarthy told Punchbowl’s Jake Sherman that it is he felt “very good” on Monday.
If McCarthy again fails the speaker vote on Tuesday, Republicans will have to quickly rally around another leader. So far, no other candidates with enough support to win over the Republican House have stepped forward. However, if Tuesday falls into chaos, all eyes will be on someone like Steve Scalisethe Louisiana Republican who has risen rapidly in the ranks of the party and is seen as an apparent follower of McCarthy.
Despite all this leadership drama, the shapes of a Republican-led House are already taking shape. McCarthy’s offers to Republicans, which came in the form of a package of House Rules, give a good idea of how any Republican speaker would manage the body. The proposed rules called for eliminating the right of legislative workers to bargain collectively, reversing a tough change last summer that ushered in a wave of unions in Democratic congressional offices.
McCarthy also called for a reinstatement rule that would allow Republicans to use spending bills to cut the salaries of certain federal workers, or even fire them. As the Washington Postand Greg Sargent pointed out, this could have a big impact on the next Congress because of the GOP’s desire for political investigations and its concern for agencies like the FBI and IRS. While any attempt to pay positionsor Donald Trump— related probes are likely to fail in the Democratic-controlled Senate, such moves could go a long way toward damaging already difficult government funding negotiations.
The drama starts tomorrow.