Rallying GOP moderates behind rules package

Kevin McCarthy, who became Speaker of the House after a deadly four-day battle last week, is expected to face further infighting with the GOP when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday.

To get votes from hardliners in the GOP, McCarthy agreed to a set of rules that may not be an easy sell for some Republican lawmakers, especially moderates in districts that President Joe Biden has won. Some of the compromises could weaken McCarthy’s power as president, including one that would allow a single lawmaker to cast a vote to remove McCarthy as president.

South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, one of McCarthy’s staunchest supporters, told CBS’ Face the Nation that she’s “on the fence right now” about the rules.

“I like the rules package,” Mace said. “But what I don’t support is a small number of people trying to make a deal or make deals for themselves privately and in secret.”

During the final hours of the speakers’ fight, Rep. Tony Gonzales, a moderate Republican from Uvalde, Texas, said he would be a “no” on the rules package. He maintained that stance Sunday morning on CBS’s Face the Nation.

McCarthy’s Allied Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio told Fox News on Sunday that he expects Republicans to get the 218 votes needed to pass the rules package Monday night.

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Another McCarthy supporter, Kentucky Rep. James Comer, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he wasn’t convinced the House could go two years without a motion to nullify.

“I’m not going to say that there won’t be a single person trying to abuse this motion,” Comer said.

Some Republicans have sought to play down tensions.

“A little temporary conflict is needed in this town,” Texas Rep. Roy told CNN’s State of the Union.

Late Friday night, Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers had to be physically restrained after confronting Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz for continuing to block his speech.

“We need a bit of that. We need a bit of that kind of glass breaking to get us to the table,” Roy said.

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Rep. Richard Hudson, RN.C., brings Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., back as they chat with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and others on the 14th ballot for President as the House sought to elect a speaker on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. At right is Rep. Patrick McHenry, RN.C.

Jordan echoed Roy’s sentiments on Fox News on Sunday.

“Sometimes democracy is messy, but I would say that’s how the founders intended it,” Jordan said. “They wanted a real debate, real input from everyone and you get a decision.”

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, another McCarthy supporter who has criticized the rebels, also voiced support for the rules package ahead of Monday’s vote.

“New rules and new ways of doing business are good,” Crenshaw said on CNN’s State of the Union, but he acknowledged that the dragging speakers’ fight is where “the burns are.” stomach”.

“This deal was easy, it wasn’t the hardest part. There’s not as much disagreement as everyone thinks,” Crenshaw said. “It could have been done sooner, it’s which justifies the animosity that has been occurring all week.”

Summary of the evening:Republican Kevin McCarthy wins House Speaker’s vote; sworn members

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