“We’re in good shape”


Opponents of House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) nomination for president are poised to strike a deal with McCarthy before the House convenes on Friday to vote on his 12th impeachment inquiry.

McCarthy led a Friday morning call with the Republican conference, saying he had made progress with some of those who voted against him.

“I’m not telling you there’s a deal. We’re doing well and we’re having meetings,” McCarthy told members on the call, according to a GOP source who was listening.

McCarthy currently has 21 members voting against him. On the final ballot, McCarthy received 200 votes, while House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) received 212 votes. Nineteen voted for another candidate, and one Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) abstained.

McCarthy needs a majority of those who vote for the person’s name – the “current” vote does not count towards this number – to win, he must persuade a majority of those who voted against him to switch votes.

The leader made several concessions, mostly from Republican leaders to rank-and-file members, as well as members of the House Freedom Caucus.

McCarthy proposed a one-member limit for the vacating the chair, a provision that would allow the speaker to be removed midway through Congress. He also offered Freedom Caucus members more seats on the Rules Committee and promised to vote on certain legislation, including term limits.

Members of the Freedom Caucus, including Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA), Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), Dan Bishop (R-NC), and others. voice.

Perry, Roy, Bishop and others have indicated their willingness to vote for McCarthy if a deal is struck. Roy clarified after conflicting reports surfaced online that no deal had been reached but they were “progressing”.

“And any deal will take all of us. We are making progress … but don’t let the sharks mess up the ongoing deal,” Roy said, indicating he would work closely with McCarthy on the matter.

Some of McCarthy’s opponents, notably Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Lauren Bobert (R-CO), Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and possibly others, have indicated they will not vote for McCarthy under any circumstances. However, these members did not propose a solution for an alternative candidate who could achieve the necessary majority to win.

At noon Friday, the House will either adjourn or resume the vote, and according to a GOP source, McCarthy told members the vote could take place over the weekend.

The leader is unlikely to get a majority in the next round of voting, with negotiations still ongoing and open-minded people still expressing reluctance, but that could change in subsequent rounds.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter @asholiver.

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