A native of Bakersfield, Ca., McCarthy, 50, was first elected to Congress in 2006 and elected majority leader in 2014.
Mr. McCarthy didn’t tip his hand about whether he’ll follow in the footsteps of outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, who angered a few on the right by not taking a more hard-line stance in forcing shutdown showdowns.
“Last night I started thinking about this”, said Boehner. He says Planned Parenthood shouldn’t get taxpayer dollars, and that he believes in fighting.
In his pitch, McCarthy tried to strike a human tone, reminding members, “You all know me”.
Levin also charged that McCarthy isn’t a “principled conservative” and that the party needs a speaker who can lead a principled fight against a president who is increasing his activism as his own term wanes.
But Kevin McCarthy, the majority leader right now?
The California Republican is jockeying to be the next speaker after Friday’s surprise announcement from Boehner that he would resign. “More importantly, I have gotten to know your ideas, your goals, and your vision for our conference and our country”.
“I want us to be much closer to the people we represent, and I want them to once again feel like this is their government, they are in charge, and we are here to serve them”, he wrote.
“It doesn’t work just to change the leaders, you’ve got to actually talk about changing policy, you’ve got to talk about principles”, said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., one of the rebels. Trump told reporters outside the Values Voters Summit Boehner’s resignation was a “good thing” and said he wished someone with a “tougher attitude” would take up the speakership.
In an interview with “Fox News Sunday“, Bush said Boehner will be missed “in the long run, because he’s a person that is focused on solving problems”.
Boehner reminded Dickerson that the federal government was shut down for 16 days in the fall of 2013 over Obamacare funding, and yet the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. Moderates within the House GOP caucus had been pushing for any plan that will avoid a shutdown while more conservative members had vowed to strip funding from Planned Parenthood programs at any cost. They argue such behavior could hurt the party’s presidential chances and are warning against any further such antics when McCarthy’s election for speaker is held, once Boehner leaves Congress at the end of next month.