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Some House Republicans concerned McCarthy speakership would continue ‘past and ongoing Republican failures’

House Speaker candidate Kevin McCarthy is still at odds with party members who fear his election as Speaker would be “a continuation of past and ongoing failures of the Republican Party.”

Last week, Republicans in California proposed changes to Congressional rules that would make it easier to remove the Speaker of the House in exchange for a rise to his post, a key demand from powerful Republican opponents. .

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Republican California Talks GOP Ratings

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Republican California speaking on the Republican “Commitment to America” ​​agenda at the DMI Companies in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.
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Under current rules imposed under Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, only members of the House leadership can submit motions to resign, but the new proposal allows any member of the House to remove the Speaker. You can force people to vote at any time.

Kevin McCarthy proposes concessions on allowing conservatives to remove Speaker of the House

On Sunday afternoon, McCarthy met with Republicans to try to rally their support for a January 3 presidency vote to form a new Congress. The troubled Republican leader reportedly acknowledged that members of the public will be allowed to demand the removal of the chairman, but was unclear on how many lawmakers would be required to sign the motion.

The meeting followed a New Year’s Eve letter entitled “Restore People’s Homes and End Business as Usual,” acknowledging the serious dysfunction of the House of Representatives and a pitch to rectify it.

In response to McCarthy’s letter, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania; Rep. Paul Gossar of Arizona; Chip Roy of Texas; Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina; Rep. Andrew Clyde of Tennessee and Rep. Andy Ogles of Tennessee responded. , Anna Paulina Luna of Florida and Eli Crane of Arizona sent their own letter.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, California Republican.
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“Unfortunately, however, despite some progress made, Mr McCarthy’s statement remains a near impossibility to address continued deficiencies ahead of the opening of the 118th Congress on January 3. It’s too late,” the letter said. “It is not surprising, in this state, that the expression of vague hopes, reflected in too many of the important points that are still being debated, is inadequate. This is especially true with respect to Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy for chairman, as it stands, not a continuation of the past and ongoing failures of the Republican Party.”

Seven more Republican congressmen threaten to oppose McCarthy without concessions on House rules

The letter goes on to say that McCarthy’s 14-year tenure as senior leader of the House has placed the burden of the House’s dysfunction on him, which he now admits.

Rep. Andy Biggs announced in early December that he would be running against McCarthy.

“This very rare opportunity to make structural change cannot be passed up,” Biggs said, “because it is uncomfortable to challenge a Republican candidate who is a living creature of the status quo of the system, and the challenge involves minimal risk. The Daily Caller op-ed at the time.

Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs said he does not support minority leader Kevin McCarthy and will challenge him for the House Speaker position.

Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs said he does not support minority leader Kevin McCarthy and will challenge him for the House Speaker position.
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Biggs and four other Republicans have pledged to vote against McCarthy, which could pose a problem for the party’s small majority. He needs 218 votes to secure the chairmanship.

Andy Biggs Challenges Kevin McCarthy To Speaker On House Floor

Biggs’ candidacy is widely seen as an opportunity to show that McCarthy will not get the 218 votes needed for the presidency. Opponents of McCarthy say other alternatives will be strengthened once that reality becomes clear.

Republicans in the incoming House have a majority of 222 seats, and McCarthy needs 218 votes to win the presidency. Five people voted against him, so in theory, out of those five he could get the position with only one vote.

But those votes can fly.

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“Mr McCarthy’s statement also continues to suggest limiting the use of traditional motions to vacate the chair as a means of holding leadership accountable for its commitments. “We have made it clear that we will not accept following Pelosi’s example by severing it. This is how we show leadership,” nine Republican congressmen said in a letter Sunday. Also note that we haven’t fully addressed the issue of leadership working to beat conservatives in the open primary, and the progress we’ve made so far should be helpful and guide our thinking going forward.”

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