- One-Member “Vacation Motion”: The GOP leader appears to have finally conceded to the demand to lower the threshold by requiring just one member to vote to oust the speaker. While McCarthy originally indicated that reinstating a one-member “vacation motion” was a red line, his allies now argue that this and his earlier proposal of requiring five members to trigger a vote There isn’t a huge practical difference between.
- Rules Committee Seats for the Freedom Caucus: McCarthy is set to give the House Freedom Caucus two seats on the powerful House Rules Committee, which oversees the amendment process for the floor. (Some conservatives are still holding out for four seats on the panel.) There is also talk of giving a third seat to a conservative close to the Freedom Caucus, but not in it — someone like Rep. Thomas Massey of Kentucky. Who will choose those members is still under discussion. Typically, this is the prerogative of the speaker, but the Conservatives wish to elect their own members to these jobs.
- Vote on term limits: This is a major demand of Rep. Ralph Norman (RS.C.), who have proposed a constitutional amendment Limiting MPs to three terms in the House.
- Major changes to the appropriations process: Fear of another trillion-plus-dollar omnibus spending bill has been a major driver of conservative backlash to McCarthy. Brewing’s deal included a promise of standalone votes on each of the 12 annual appropriations bills, known as the “open rule”, allowing floor amendments to be introduced by any legislator.
The Conservatives also secured a concession to carve out any buildings included in those packages for separate votes, although it is unclear whether they will be voted on as a package or separately.
The late-night conversation followed another major breakthrough for the GOP leader: The McCarthy-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund struck a deal with the conservative Club for Growth, which initially called off open House primaries to secure a Speaker McCarthy’s opposition. Was told to stay outside. Republican seats.
In the past, the two groups often found themselves at war with each other, with the CLF supporting establishment candidates in the millions, while the club supported those on the far right. In exchange for that promise, the club dropped its opposition to McCarthy.
Whether this will be enough to land McCarthy is still unclear.
repealed. chip roy (R-Texas) – which follows A Feudal Tuesday Night TV Exchange Fox News’ Laura Ingraham played a major role in pushing the talks on Wednesday – hinting to GOP leaders that she could bring together 10 McCarthy opponents, CNN reported – and possibly allowing others to “attend” votes. agreed to. That won’t get him to 218, but McCarthy’s camp hopes it could provide just one final boost to close the gap after two days.
Still, aides close to McCarthy say it’s not over yet.
A GOP leadership aide said he believed there were still five “hard noes” against McCarthy — Reps. Matt Getz(Fla.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), andy biggs (Ariz.), bob good (v.) and Matt Rosendale (Mont.). McCarthy can only lose four.
After leaving the Capitol on Wednesday night, Norman told reporters that he had not changed his position on opposing McCarthy. But the terms of this potential deal were still being decided at that point, including his own term-limit proposal.
McCarthy’s aides are also concerned about the freshman rep. Eli Crane (Ariz.), which has been a hard “no”.
But by 1 p.m., the thinking in McCarthy’s camp was that if they could reduce their opposition from 20 to a half-dozen, the pressure on the remaining holdouts would be so great that quite a few would fall.
However, a McCarthy aide warned us that the situation “could get worse before it gets better.” McCarthy is expected to lose a handful of votes from angry members if the vote continues today.
Meanwhile, time is running out as some McCarthy backers are frustrated by the impasse’s exit strategy. repealed. pete session (R-Texas), a former rules committee chair who has long been considered an ally of the GOP leadership, insisted on cnn last night Members should start discussing other possible speaker candidates, such as steve scalise (R-La.), expected incoming majority leader.
“I’m telling you these 19 people are dug out,” he said of McCarthy’s enemies, suggesting that Republicans could realistically tolerate only about “three or four more rounds” of voting. .
The wheeling and dealing probably isn’t over, and it could take a few days to fix. “I still don’t see this being resolved in the near term. Maybe over the weekend and next week more likely,” warned one GOP lawmaker.
McCarthy’s camp also expects that he may eventually have to endorse conservatives on the committee, such as Rep. Andy Harris (Mo.), who is pushing the Appropriation, or Rep. to lead the Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. mark green (R-Tenn.), who is set to lead the Committee on Homeland Security. (Those decisions are subject to GOP steering committee approval, though McCarthy’s influence is significant.)
If the horsetrading goes that far, it is bound to upset many House Republicans who have supported McCarthy. Centrists or even mainstream conservatives will no doubt believe that McCarthy is rewarding bad behavior.
repealed. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), for example, also wants the Homeland Security gavel.
A senior Republican aide said Wednesday night that McCarthy’s concessions would weaken the party in the long run.
“He’s essentially given away all the speaking power. He’s making it where these Freedom Caucus people can block anything they want,” the aide said. “This is a vanity project. This majority is going to be pathetic. It’s just absurd what he paid these people just to be speakers, when I’m sure there is someone at this convention that the Freedom Caucus has chosen to be a speaker.” I would have accepted and not demanded all these crazy changes.
Meanwhile, there’s a wild card that has McCarthy’s camp more worried: “I think Gaetz and others [‘Never Kevin’ lawmakers] It’s going to blow up,” said a top McCarthy confidant. Actually, on Wednesday night Getz chat sessions crashed He was not invited.
After the Conservatives have had time to consider their latest proposals and scrutinize them on paper, the rebels and McCarthy and his whip team are set to talk Thursday morning. The House will sit in handcuffs in the afternoon to continue voting on the Speakership. There has been some talk about adjourning to allow the talks to continue, although they would need to have a majority to do so.
Some have even called for the vote to be postponed until next week – although others in the party have pushed back on that idea.
What began as a dismal day for McCarthy ended in potential success, with his dreams of oratory seeming nearly dead. repealed. Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.), who had previously supported McCarthy through several ballots, voted “present”, suggesting that McCarthy was receiving support.
Then rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.), another McCarthy supporter in the Freedom Caucus, sent McCarthy’s allies scrambling when he told POLITICO the GOP leader needed to make a deal that day — or step aside and Scalise Like let someone go Within an hour, as he went on CNN to repeat those words, Chief Deputy Whip Guy Ressenthaler (Pa.) was seen off camera, trying to corner Buck and get him back in line .
On the chamber floor, McCarthy’s whip team went to work, trying to win over some of his 20 opponents – and to gauge which of them could still be won over with concessions. McCarthy also spent the evening meeting with new opponents who don’t have much of a relationship with him.
The chaotic scene underscored the absurdity of the whole situation. Republicans cheered when they got votes to adjourn for the night, as if they had passed a massive tax cut deal, leaving them without a speaker once again.
Buck floated at one point – quite seriously – that the members host a meeting with wine, suggesting it can help move the conversation forward. On entering the meeting, the incoming NRCC chairman Richard Hudson (NC) joked that his water bottle was actually full of vodka,
Olivia Beavers contributed to this report.
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