Kevin McCarthy Elected Speaker of House

McCarthy is a dimwit with no guts.

He voted for:

– same sex marriage

– vax mandates for military

– $100B for Ukraine

– to use Medicare to fund USPS

– J6 committee

– DC as the 51st state

– amnesty for DACA

And several other issues that make the Dems giddy with joy.

He was forced to make some concessions before the GOP holdouts would vote for him:

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus got commitments to be added to the Rules panel. The committee exerts tremendous power by setting the terms of debate, but usually operates as a tool of the Speaker. (It traditionally has a 9:4 ratio, so the majority never loses).

With more representation, the conservatives will be able to help allow for floor amendments on policy issues and messaging opportunities from abortion to government spending.

The panel also decides which members get the floor time and prestige of having their amendments debated – another opportunity to build up the profile of their faction.

McCarthy has agreed to take a hard line on increasing the statutory debt limit – which Congress must lift to accommodate spending it has agreed to through appropriations.

Lawmakers weren’t direct about what the exact deal was. But one of the holdouts who flipped, Rep.-elect Ralph Norman, had demanded a very tough line.

‘Is he willing to shut the government down rather than raise the debt ceiling? That’s a non-negotiable item,’ Norman said before switching to back McCarthy.

Rep.-elect Chip Roy (R-Texas) wouldn’t reveal the precise nature of the deal, which was reported by the Washington Post and other outlets. ‘I’m not going to get specific about that because I’m still having conversations here for a few hours. But what I’ll say is, it’s safe to say is that we believe there are specific concrete limits on spending attached to the debt ceiling increase,’ he told reporters, blasting the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill that passed as the last major act of the Democratic Congress.

That suggests the House may try to force the administration into accepting spending cuts – something Democrats are sure to resist.

The holdouts reportedly got a pledge to get floor votes on term limits and border security. The former in particular could drive a wedge through the conference. McCarthy himself was elected to the House in 2006.

The legislation would likely die in the Senate, where they would be subject to a filibuster.

The Conservative Leadership Fund, a PAC backed by McCarthy, brokered a deal with the Club for Growth that will impact Republicans that join the House in the future.

The CLF committed to stay out of ‘open’ primaries when a lawmakers vacates a seat. That gives arch conservatives a chance to prevail in a primary without getting pounded by leadership, which sometimes weighs in on behalf of candidates deemed more ‘electable.’

‘CLF will not spend in any open-seat primaries in safe Republican districts and CLF will not grant resources to other super PAC’s to do so. CLF has never spent a dollar against a Republican incumbent before and obviously will continue that policy in the future,’ according to a statement on the Club for Growth web site. The group has backed many of the conservative holdouts. The group threw its support to McCarthy, assuming the terms of the deal held.

McCarthy reportedly agreed to allow ‘open rules’ on spending measures, which could lead to lengthy debates and efforts to zero out funding for programs unpopular with Republicans.

……According to Politico, the deal includes a commitment to bring up stand-alone appropriations bills. Conservatives loathe the ‘omnibus’ bills that wrap multiple spending bills together when shutdowns loom. Passing individual bills is something both parties routinely try, and fail, to do by the end of the fiscal year.

Another commitment was to allow votes on spending ‘earmarks,’ projects inserted by individual members. House Republicans brought back the practice in 2021 by a vote in their conference. According to Politico, it wasn’t clear if they would get voted on individually or as a bloc.

Another concessions is a cap on discretionary spending, CNN reported. although spending levels are usually negotiated by both chambers – and get influenced by the president’s budget requests.

Republicans are girding to take on the Biden administration, and the rebels forced a commitment to set up a committee on the ‘weaponization’ of the government. The idea had been floated as a subcommittee on the House Judiciary Committee. Its exact structure and membership was uncertain.

According to the House Rules package leaders prepared, the a procedure creates a ‘Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government as a select investigative subcommittee of the Committee on the Judiciary.’ It also creates a Select Committee ‘on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party.’

More:

One concession given is that any efforts to raise the nation’s debt ceiling must be accompanied by spending cuts.

Given America’s exorbitant national debt, that makes sense.

Another concession given is that there must be 72 hours given to review bills before they come on the floor. Given the sheer density of some bills that come through, that, again, seems more than fair.

A concession that many Americans will agree with is McCarthy bringing back the Holman rule. In short, that rule allows for a reduction in government officials’ salaries.

Here are the other reported concessions thus far:

    • A McCarthy-aligned super PAC cannot spend money in Republican primaries that are considered “safe.”
    • There are multiple key conservative bills that will move forward to a vote now.
    • Measures are being put in place to avoid all-encompassing omnibus bills, which makes it much easier for lawmakers to sneak things in.
    • There will be a cap put on discretionary spending, based on 2022 fiscal levels.
    • More Freedom Caucus members will be represented on committees.
    • Representatives will have the ability to offer more amendments on the House floor.
    • An investigative committee will be created to look into the way various branches of the federal government have been weaponized — notably against conservatives.

 

McCarthy’s flaccid backbone is a problem. When asked if the GOP will impeach Biden if they take power, he said ‘impeachment is not on the table’. He planned to tell Donald Trump to resign after the 6 Jan protest and blamed the conservative base for the lackluster midterms.

After he got the gavel, he made a big speech:

“Our nation is worth fighting for…..”

“We will also address America’s long-term challenges: the debt and the Chinese Communist Party. Congress must speak with one voice on both of these issues,”……

He vowed to build a “nation that is safe” and help form a “future that is built on freedom.” McCarthy also wanted to construct a “government that is accountable where Americans get the answers they want, need, and deserve.”

“Our system is built on checks and balances. It’s time for us to be the check and provide some balance to the President’s policies,” McCarthy added. “There is nothing more important than making it possible for American families to live and enjoy the lives they deserve.”

……..”stop wasteful Washington spending to lower the price of groceries, gas, cars, and housing and stop the rising national debt.”

“We pledge to cut the regulatory burden, lower energy costs for families, and create good-paying jobs for workers by unleashing reliable, abundant American-made energy,” McCarthy added. “Our first bill will repeal funding for 87,000 new IRS agents. Because the government should be here to help you, not go after you.”

“My friends – this chamber is now fully open for all Americans,” he said, which was met with thunderous applause from Republicans. Democrats in the chamber remained silent.

He also said he would reopen the U.S. Capitol Building, which remained mostly inaccessible to the public following the protests on Jan. 6, 2021.

We will see if he actually lives up to any of those promises he made.

Based on his track record, all he will do is roll over and play Dem.

 

 

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