Division Presents Itself As Two House Leaders Announce Bid for Speaker
As we all can see the red wave that was expected to come in during the midterm elections never showed up. However, there were some good things that came about through the election, one of which is that the way things look right now Republicans will retake control over the House of Representatives.
Of course, that means Nancy Pelosi will no longer be in charge but instead a Republican will. The question then becomes which Republican is it going to be?
Prior to Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy was the House Majority Leader. However, he may not be speaker of the house this go around. As it turns out, the House Minority Whip, Steve Scalise, has also put in his bid for a House Majority Leader and is doing so based on a particular pledge to hold the Biden Administration accountable.
“With this bold, conservative agenda in mind, I am asking for your support to be the next House Majority Leader,” Scalise wrote. “The American people deserve a House of Representatives that can move the agenda that was promised to them on the campaign trail. As your Majority Leader, I will work relentlessly to usher our vision through the House and show the country how conservative ideas can solve the problems that families are facing.”
At the same time, Kevin McCarthy has once again announced his bid for House Speaker as well. But it seems that not all of his Republican colleagues are quite as enthused about him becoming speaker of the house once again. In fact, CNN reported that at least two dozen members of the House Freedom Caucus are willing to vote against Kevin McCarthy if he doesn’t offer some sort of concessions. That does come from CNN though so take it for what it’s worth.
McCarthy vowed that he would “immediately reopen the Capitol and end the Democrat proxy voting and remote work schemes that have inflicted untold damage to this institution,” as well as “go toe-to-toe” with the Biden administration.
“We will begin and end each day with a singular focus: serving the needs of our fellow citizens,” McCarthy continued. “Their voice is now our vote — and we will not be afraid to push the envelope when it comes to delivering an economy that’s strong, a nation that’s safe, a future that’s built on freedom, and a government that’s accountable. I sincerely hope President Biden is willing to embrace those same objectives. If not, he should count on us taking our case directly to the American people in every corner of this great country. Plan on spending a significant amount of time outside the Beltway and on the ground the next two years as we draw a clear contrast between our vision and the Democrats’ while laying the foundation for a Republican to win back the White House in 2024.”
I guess we’re just going to have to wait a little bit longer and see what happens to find out who’s going to be the next Speaker of the House.