“We cannot let personal politics jeopardize the safety and security of the United States of America,” he said.
The trio’s shot at 20 conservative holdouts preventing McCarthy from taking the gavel sparked concern among security-oriented lawmakers that they cannot do their jobs until the speaker is elected. Those complaints include lack of access to classified information and the inability to initiate committee work in the early days of the new Congress.
Until a speaker is elected, the oath cannot be administered to the MPs. Committees will not be formed, new Republican chairs will not be confirmed, new members will not be appointed to panels and subcommittee chairs will not be named.
The intelligence, armed services and foreign affairs panels — chaired by Turner, Rogers and McCaul, respectively — figure prominently on the GOP agenda. MPs reiterated that they “strongly support” McCarthy at the head of the fighting for a third day.
“McCarthy’s commitment to America’s agenda outlines a strong approach to countering China, a plan to examine the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and how a Republican majority will hold this administration accountable,” he said.
It is the most high-profile warning yet as McCarthy and his allies try to break the impasse on the House floor. But Democrats and Republicans tasked with overseeing the Pentagon and the intelligence community have been sounding the alarm all week about a drawn-out effect,fight outside.
House GOP military veterans voiced their concern at a news conference on Wednesday.
repealed. mike gallagher (R-Wis.) said he and fellow armed services member Don Bacon (R-Neb.) were scheduled to meet with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs, in secure House facilities on Wednesday. To discuss security in the Indo-Pacific regionBut it was stopped from doing so.
“I have been informed by House security that technically I do not have clearance,” Gallagher told reporters. “I’m a member of the Intel Committee, I’m on the Armed Services Committee, and I can’t get into SCIF to do essential business.
“I have to say that we have work to do that we cannot do now,” he said.
Lawmakers are not required to obtain a security clearance, but are permitted access to sensitive information through their positions.
Gallagher has also been tapped by McCarthy to chair a select committee to assess the wide range of security and economic threats posed by China. The panel is a key pillar of the House GOP national security agenda, but the proposal to establish the committee cannot be considered until the House elects a speaker and convenes.
Member Rep. of the Intelligence Committee. brad weinstrup (R-Ohio) also complained that his panel members “don’t have access” to their secure facilities or classified information.
“The secure facility that we work in every day when we’re here, we just can’t go there,” Weinstrup said. “We will get daily briefs. We are there all the time. And right now, we just can’t be there.”
The concerns are bipartisan. Incoming Armed Services Ranking Democrats Adam Smith Washington’s said the chaos on the House floor is “a problem” for the committee’s work.
“We’re going to be without a committee for potentially weeks,” Smith told Politico.
It is unclear how long McCarthy can keep his bid. Although he has the support of a majority of the GOP convention, California Republicans have not cast any votes in his favor in six ballots.
McCarthy may have made progress overnight A series of concessions to the ConservativesHowever, that includes forcing a vote to oust the speaker and allowing a lower limit to award seats on the House Rules Committee to members of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus.
His way of speaking may involve giving away some prestigious mansions to the conservatives.
Bloomberg reported Wednesday that Rep. Matt Getz (R-Fla.), a top McCarthy rival Seeking an Armed Services Subcommittee Gavelamid requests from other Conservative MPs for committee places. But Gaetz later said that McCarthy requested a list of committee actions that conservatives wanted and then leaked it to embarrass him. Gaetz has since said that he would never endorse McCarthy.
But Rogers, the presumptive Armed Services chairman, acted as an enabler for McCarthy before the floor battle. Alabama Republicans argued in a closed-door meeting Tuesday before the speaker election that GOP members who vote against McCarthy should lose their committee assignments.
And Rogers ruled out the possibility of handing Gaetz a subcommittee gavel on Wednesday, though the issue may be moot for now.
“Everyone else will have to go through the steering committee and make their case. … They want to drop all that,” Rogers told POLITICO. “And of course I’m going to tell one of the chairs of our subcommittee, ‘Yeah, I’d like you to step aside so I can reward Matt Gaetz with the chairmanship.’
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