Kevin McCarthy Never gave up!

It was after midnight on January 7, that the 15th Round of voting elected a Republican Speaker of the US House, Kevin McCarthy with 216 votes. Ultimately the six who held out from voting for Kevin McCarthy: Andy Biggs of Arizona, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia and Eli Crane of Arizona voted “present” giving McCarthy a majority win to become the Speaker.

McCarthy in giving his early morning speech said that he, “Never gave up” and the first thing he wants to do is defund the 87,000 IRS agents.

It was exciting to watch on CSPAN the interactions among the representatives and the actual voting to elect a US Speaker.  When was the last time any of us saw this take place. It was during the 12th Round that McCarthy finally received votes from the Chip Roy conservative group. He received 214, giving him the boost he needed. These 14 votes came from Chip Roy of Texas, Josh Brecheen from Oklahoma, Michael Cloud of Texas, Andrew Clyde from Georgia, Byron Donalds of Florida, Paul Gosau of Arizona, Andy Harris of Maryland, Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, Mary Miller of Illinois, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Victoria Spartz of Indiana, who had been voting Present. 

McCarthy still needed votes, so Wesley Hunt from Texas who had returned home because his wife had given birth to their son and Ken Buck from Colorado who was not present due to a medical situation, were able to return and vote in the 14th and 15th Rounds.

It should have been a piece of cake, but unfortunately McCarthy didn’t fully understand that the strong conservatives weren’t going to give up either. The rule changes had been presented to him during the summer. Congressman Chip Roy of Texas and his allies cajoled him to make the rule changes necessary to receive their vote. The original were Biggs, Good, Gaetz, Ralph Norman, and later Boebert and Eli Crane of Arizona.

It was unfortunate that so many misunderstood what Congressman Chip Roy and his group were trying to achieve. It was not for personal gain, it was to make some important changes to the House Rules. Conservative changes that will benefit all of taxpaying Americans. In an interview with CNN Roy said that, “Let’s remember, that a little temporary conflict is necessary in this town in order to stop this town from rolling over the American people.”

As Americans, as Republicans, we should be proud that there are still elected officials who demand transparency on the House floor.  We owe them our gratitude because they stood their ground despite the horrendous pressure from the media and TV pundits who claim to know so much but understand little.  There was even one Republican congressman from Texas who called them “terrorists.”  He should be ashamed and be big enough to apologize publicly as he demeaned them publicly.  Because of these courageous men and women, he will be able to read, make amendments on Appropriations and vote on a bill without restraint. 

We have a lot to be grateful for.  Let’s just see what happens in the 118th Legislative Session which opens January 9, 2023 at 5pm.  Keep in mind that there are Republicans who are not conservative and might derail all the positive gains by Roy and his allies.  America is watching.

Here are some of the Rule Changes:

Holman Rule reinstates the “Holman Rule” which allows amendments to appropriations legislation that would reduce the salary of or fire specific federal employees, or cut a specific program.

Resolution Declaring the Office of Speaker Vacant.

Provides for the separate consideration of seven bills which include:

• A bill to rescind certain balances made available to the Internal Revenue Service.

• A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to suspend the entry of aliens, and for other purposes.

• A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Energy from sending petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China, and for other purposes.

• A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act to direct district attorney and prosecutors’ offices to report to the Attorney General, and for other purposes.

• A bill to require the national instant criminal background check system to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the relevant State and local law enforcement agencies whenever the information available to the system indicates that a person illegally or unlawfully in the United States may be attempting to receive a firearm.

• A bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.

• A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion





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