Should the Republican party win the House majority, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy is set to become the next speaker of the House. However, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) has suggested that it won’t be smooth sailing for McCarthy on the path to House speaker, saying that, should Republicans take the House majority, the party should consider whether McCarthy is their best option.
“I would say maybe not so fast,” said Biggs about McCarthy being elected as House speaker. “Maybe we should have a good discussion within the confines of our internal body.”
“But I think we need to have a serious discussion. He’s back-peddled on things like impeachment and, in some ways, that indicates a willingness to be weakening the oversight authority that we need to have and the leverage points we need to have in order to deal with a Democrat president,” Biggs said.
He added, “I don’t understand why this is just a foregone conclusion. I think we have to have a real discussion and see how people respond to the ultimate results of this election and get a feel for his agenda and what he thinks he’s going to accomplish.”
Russ Vought, the Director of The Office of Management and Budget under Trump, also suggested McCarthy may face some roadblocks on the way to becoming the Speaker of the House.
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In a series of posts on Twitter, Vought explained his reasoning, saying,
“It starts with the fundamentals. The vote for Speaker is not behind closed doors. It is on the floor of the House of Representatives. There is no lying back home about how one voted. And all Dems vote against the GOP nominee, always.
House conservatives… merely need to block & veto until they get an acceptable candidate…
Conservatives will have a difficult (I would say impossible) time explaining a vote for McCarthy back home for many reasons, but mainly for being a peace-time leader when we are in a cold civil war who will manage the GOP away from conflict instead of seizing it by the throat.”
McCarthy officially announced his bid for speaker of the House on Wednesday and remains unchallenged for the position.
Also on Wednesday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise announced his bid for House majority leader, pledging to hold the Biden Administration accountable for their actions if he is to be elected.
As the GOP grows more likely to win a majority in the lower chamber, Scalise wrote a letter to his Republican colleagues in the House presenting his bid for the House majority leader.
“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.
Scalise wrote that, as majority leader, he will turn the “bold, conservative agenda into legislative action,” “hold the Biden Administration accountable,” and “cultivate a legislative process built on regular order and member input.”
“It is not news to any of you that President Biden does not want to sign many of our priorities into law,” Scalise said “We must be relentless in our oversight of this Administration. From the politicization of the Justice Department to the job crushing regulations coming from every agency, we need to shine a bright light on the actions and policy failures of this administration.”