McCarthy can only lose four votes since the GOP will likely only have a 222-seat majority.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy can only lose four votes for his bid for Speaker of the House when Republicans take over in January.
The GOP will likely only have a 222-seat majority out of the 435-seat House. McCarthy needs 218 votes.
Five House Republicans have publically come out against McCarthy:
- Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz
- South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman
- Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs
- Virginia Rep. Bob Good
- Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale
Good and Rosendale are not hard nos like the first three because they would vote for him “in exchange for concessions on House rules.”
The two men “want to decentralize the speaker’s powers over committees and the way legislation moves through the House.”
I rolled my eyes when The Squad and others threatened not to vote for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi because I knew she and her cronies would find ways to sweeten deals to get their votes.
I believe Gaetz, Norman, and Biggs will not vote for McCarthy.
McCarthy has already started making moves to secure votes, but who knows if he can make members of his party fall in line like Pelosi and the other Democrat leaders did with The Squad.
McCarthy made a few concessions:
McCarthy has already agreed to some of the demands, by changing the makeup of the internal GOP steering committee, which decides committee assignments, to empower rank-and-file members. The Californian Republican is also expected to support requirements that legislation moves through the committee process and receive extensive debate before being brought to the House floor for a vote.
“Kevin [McCarthy]s [sic] knows when the time is right to strike a deal,” said an aide to GOP leadership. “This is all public negotiating right now.”
McCarthy promised to restore committee assignments while kicking Democrats like Rep. Adam Schiff off committees, removing metal detectors, and ending COVID protocols.
McCarthy also told DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to resign or face an impeachment investigation due to the out-of-control border situation.
The minority leader has been meeting with Republicans to discuss their concerns and demands:
For example, some conservatives want McCarthy to impose a ban on earmarks, which allow lawmakers to direct federal dollars to local projects and programs in their home states, a legislative perk long derided as wasteful.
Others want McCarthy to enforce a balanced federal budget in future years, which would require vast spending cuts.
Some of the more conservative members of the House want to restore a rule that allows any member at any time to submit a motion to remove the speaker, which had been used by then-Rep. Mark Meadows as a pressure point during Boehner’s tenure. Instead, they adopted a provision stating that submitting such a “motion to vacate the chair” should only be done with party agreement.
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