When the new Congress is inaugurated in, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy could not wind up becoming the Speaker.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Arizona Representative Andy Biggs is already putting forward a challenge against the Californian.
“All I’ll say at the moment is McCarthy doesn’t have 218, and there will be an alternative challenger,” a Biggs spokeswoman said about the House GOP leadership race on Monday.
McCarthy plans to compete for Speaker of the House since it is customary in Congress for party caucus leaders to hold the job.
As of Monday, it appeared that there would be no need for fought House elections, giving Republicans a slim majority of fewer than 225 seats.
If McCarthy refuses to agree to postpone the caucus leadership elections scheduled for Tuesday, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus intend to support Biggs’ bid for Speaker as soon as possible, according to Politico.
The leadership election will still take place on schedule.
Meadows says House Republicans should vote on the rules package before the leadership elections.
Right now, it’s the other way around
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In a Congress with a razor-thin Republican majority, Biggs, a part of the Freedom Caucus, wouldn’t have an easy path to the Speaker’s gavel either.
A majority of fewer than twelve seats does not allow for any margin of error, and a candidate for Speaker needs 218 votes in the House.
The legislative and leadership objectives of the majority could be destroyed by a small number of Republican rebels.
According to sources familiar with the project, Biggs’ campaign is an attempt to undermine McCarthy, as reported by Politico.
Biggs’ campaign would demonstrate that, under the existing conditions, the current Republican leader lacks the backing required to become Speaker.
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