House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is ready to compromise. For a long time, people believed that he was a shoe-in to become the House Speaker when the Republicans regained the majority in the 2022 midterm elections. But now he seems to be in a legitimate fight for the position.
In December, McCarthy sided with 13 conservative Republicans who vowed to kill proposed legislation from all Senate Republicans who voted in favor of Biden’s terrible, $1.7 trillion omnibus bill. This was negotiated with some Republicans before the transition to GOP leadership on January 3.
McCarthy has warned in a tweet: “When I’m Speaker, their bills will be dead on arrival in the House if this nearly $2T monstrosity is allowed to move forward over our objections and the will of the American people.”
The bill passed on December 20 with the support of nine House Republicans. Since then, McCarthy has been scrambling for the needed 218 votes necessary for him to secure the gavel when Congress convenes in January.
According to a report from CNN, McCarthy is in a series of private meetings this week and is pledging to House Republicans that he would reduce the required number of votes to call a floor vote to oust a sitting House Speaker. This is his compromise to win over critics and maintain the support already given to him.
With the current House rules, a majority of lawmakers in the majority party are required to call for a floor vote to vacate the Speaker’s chair. Now, McCarthy is offering to lower that threshold significantly. This will give his critics a pathway to oust him if they disapprove of his leadership.
If this compromise happens, you can assume that the next two years in the House will include some GOP bloodbaths. They seem more aggressive fighting themselves than they do fighting Democrats.
NEW: More than a dozen House Republicans who won in battleground/districts won by Biden in 2020 issued a letter today to colleagues saying they are supporting McCarthy and will not support a “consensus candidate.”
Led Rep.-elect Lawler, it includes quite a few incoming freshmen pic.twitter.com/cNObzvigBa
— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) December 29, 2022