McCarthy reaches temporary deal with conservative rebel group

 June 14, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a temporary deal this week with a group of 11 conservative rebels.

The deal ended a nearly weeklong blockade on McCarthy's House floor.

With the end of the blockade, a handful of GOP messaging bills can now be voted on.

"The agreement was announced after a meeting between McCarthy and some of the rabble-rousers who last week joined Democrats in voting no on a rule vote — a rare move that blocked a package of GOP bills from advancing on the floor and prompted leadership to send lawmakers home for the week," reported NBC.

After a meeting in McCarthy's office this week, Republican Representative Ralph Norman of South Carolina said that the gang of 11 rebels would vote yes on a new rule that will allow the package of bills through the house.

The package of messaging bills includes the protection of gas stoves, a regulatory bill, and a bill to protect pistol stabilizing braces.

None of the bills are expected to pass the Senate.

"We aired our issues. We want to see this move forward as a body," said Norman who is a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

"The floor will be functioning this week," said Republican Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida.

Gaetz has been one of the conservative rebel ringleaders.

Norman, Gaetz and others said the conservative rebel group is still concerned about the debt ceiling deal McCarthy cut with President Joe Biden.

The group warned that they could gum up other GOP bills if spending isn’t cut further in the upcoming appropriations process.

"We’re concerned about the economic security of this country. And to that end, we will work," Norman said. "If we don’t have that, there’s gonna be fights. There’s a lot more fights down the road."

Other conservatives said there also are ongoing talks with McCarthy over how to regain trust between the speaker, his leadership team and conservatives.