GOP Surrender Stuns Congress

 January 2, 2023

Kevin McCarthy made a major concession to the GOP as his speaker's bid is hanging by a thread.

Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy of California is making a last-ditch effort to convince the Republican Party to support his speakership, making major concessions to the group before Tuesday's vote.

"McCarthy's central concession is allowing for any five Republican representatives to force of vote of no confidence in the speaker," reports Fox News. "He also vowed to end the practice of proxy voting and virtual participation in hearings, requiring lawmakers to be in Washington to participate in hearings and votes."

"Just as the Speaker is elected by the whole body, we will restore the ability for any 5 members of the majority party to initiate a vote to remove the Speaker if so warranted," McCarthy wrote in a letter addressed to his Republican colleagues.

"Congress was never intended for Zoom, and no longer will members be able to phone it in while attending lavish international weddings or sailing on their boat," McCarthy said. "We will meet, gather and debate in person -- just as the founders envisioned," he added.

"Previous House rules, put in place by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, required a member of the House leadership from the majority party to initiate a vote to remove the current speaker," reports Fox News.

Republican Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Matt Rosendale of Montana, and Bob Good of Virginia, have already promised they will oppose McCarthy's bid. The outlet noted:

McCarthy also faces potential opposition from GOP Representatives Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Chip Roy of Texas, Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Andy Harris of Maryland and Andrew Clyde of Georgia. Additionally, opposition will likely come from Representative-elects Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida and Eli Crane of Arizona, among others.

"McCarthy told Fox News Digital he is confident that his concessions have convinced some lawmakers who were on the fence," reports Fox News.

"In sports, when the team loses games it is supposed to win, the coach gets fired. In business, when earnings vastly miss projections, the CEO is replaced. In Republican politics, a promotion shouldn’t be failure’s chaser," Rep. Matt Gaetz  of Florida said.

Source: Fox News