Notwithstanding a motion from Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to remove him, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has won over many of those who opposed his speakership in January.
McCarthy overcame the odds and successfully pushed a stopgap funding bill through Congress this past weekend, narrowly averting a shutdown. Now, he is focused on passing each of the twelve separate long-term appropriations bills by the new deadline.
The majority of his previous critics are in favor of his strategy, with those speaking out against Gaetz's resolution claiming that his leaving the chair will divert attention from the appropriations process.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) told Sean Hannity on Monday that “there is an opportunity here” to move all 12 bills, something that has yet to happen in Washington in over a decade. “You have 45 days now to wrap this up and get those goals achieved.”
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) in the same interview told Hannity, “If [McCarthy] gets the appropriations now that he wants in this 45-day window, I mean, this is all to me, it’s salvageable…. [if] we get the 12 with the very specific things that both of you have mentioned here, to me, you end up on the winning side here.”
Roy, Donalds, Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Michael Cloud (R-TX), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Josh Brecheen (R-OK), Dan Bishop (R-NC), and Keith Self (R-TX) are among those who have declared their support for McCarthy.
Speaker McCarthy stated on Tuesday that he is “confident” he will remain in office and that he can count on one or two hands the number of Republicans who would oppose him. A vote on the motion to table Gaetz's motion is anticipated for Tuesday afternoon, but the situation is still fluid.
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