House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been reaffirming many of his pledges about how he aims to run the lower chamber in 2023. This is at a time when he is trying to squash opposition within the Republican party that would endanger his Speakership bid.
Over the past weekend, McCarthy reaffirmed that if the Republicans were to delay in voting him in, then GOP priorities would also need to be delayed which would lead to an overall pause in his conference.
McCarthy, who has so far won the House GOP nomination for Speaker, has actually noted that this limbo has so far delayed “our ability to govern as we go.” During an interview on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” he added that he was hopeful that the party would come together in the way that the American people would have wanted. If that does not happen then they will have wasted away the majority they have won.
Five House Republicans, Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Bob Good (Va.), Matt Rosendale (Mont.), and Ralph Norman (S.C.), have indicated or outright said that they would not be supporting McCarthy on Jan. 3rd and voting for him to become the Speaker. The Republicans won with a narrow majority of 222 seats, while the Democrats still hold 212 seats.