Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy acknowledged on Tuesday that he still does not have enough votes to become the new speaker of the US House of Representatives, but warned that he will continue to fight to get them.
Minutes before the start of the 118th legislature of the US Congress, McCarthy confirmed to the press that he had not yet secured the 218 “yes” required to be nominated as the new “Speaker”, Democrat Nancy Pelosi. Will take place
“We had an intense meeting,” said the politician at the end of the meeting with congressmen from the Republican Party, who will have a parliamentary majority in this new legislature as a result of the midterm elections last November.
McCarthy, who was by now the leader of the Republican opposition in the lower house, criticized that there are members of his party who oppose his appointment because they “care more about their positions than about the country”.
“We’ll probably fight in the full session, but the fight is for party and country, and I’m going to fight it,” said the Congressman from California.
Republicans control 222 of the 435 seats, but McCarthy is not assured of victory as some hardliners in his party have announced they will vote against him or remain undecided.
Several Republicans appeared before the media to confirm that they were not going to support McCarthy and, in the words of Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, demanded an unconditional “submission” from the House presiding candidate.
Congressman Scott Perry of California recalled that he sent his demands to McCarthy long ago, such as changing the rules of the debate or changing the names he wanted to put in charge of House committees, but that he could not negotiate until the last minute. Wanted to
Furthermore, Perry assured that many critics like him have been “threatened” with expulsion from committees if they did not vote for McCarthy.
“I will not take orders from anyone in this city. I get orders from my district and my voters,” he said.
There is currently no alternative candidate for McCarthy.
At stake is the replacement of Pelosi, who has presided over the lower house for two terms (2007-2011 and 2019-2023) and who announced she was relinquishing leadership of the Democratic caucus following the election defeat.
The leader of the lower house is the third authority in the United States after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who also presides over the Senate.
Although Republicans won the elections to the House of Representatives on November 8, the Conservative victory was much smaller than expected.
Furthermore, the Democrats not only managed to retain a majority in the Senate, but also won a new seat.
Moderate Republicans blame the lackluster electoral performance on the influence of former President Donald Trump (2017–2021) in the elections, while the hard wing attributes it to a campaign crafted by McCarthy.