Republicans will first seek to tackle the border crisis after the midterms if they win back the majority, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN.

With McCarthy Becoming Speaker, One Congressman Shares What Won Over The Hardliners

Republicans will first seek to tackle the border crisis after the midterms if they win back the majority, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN.
House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (File Photo)

Moderate House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy voted to make McCarthy speaker Friday when 15 GOP lawmakers who had resisted backing him switched their votes.

The group were part of an anti-McCArthy, “anti-swamp” contingent that had held out over at least 14 ballots since voting began on Tuesday.

But on Friday, Republican Rep.-elect Andrew Ogles of Tennessee explained why the previous rebels began toeing the McCarthy line.

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The freshman lawmaker told Epoch Times columnist Roger Simon that the holdouts had won several concessions from McCarthy in exchange for their votes. Those concessions include:

  • A single member of Congress, with what is known as a “Jeffersonian Motion,” can argue to remove Mccarthy as speaker if he retreats from the party’s agenda
  • A committee modeled after one led by former Sen. Frank Church in the 1970s will investigate the “weaponization” of the FBI and other government agencies
  • Term limits will at least get a vote
  • Upcoming bills will be “single subject,” meaning devoted to one topic and not monster omnibus packages. Also, lawmakers will get at least 72 hours to read them.
  • The so-called “Texas Border Plan” will also get a vote. The proposal will suggest a “complete” physical border infrastructure feature along the southern border, fixed border enforcement policies, enforce laws affecting illegals in the interior of the country, and targeting of cartels and criminal organizations operating along America’s open border
  • An end to COVID-19 mandates and all funding for them, including alleged “emergency funding”
  • Finally, budget bills would no longer come with increases in the debt ceiling and seek to hold the Senate accountable for the same.

Simon also reported that, according to Ogles, there would be no lingering “bad blood” against the holdouts because the GOP majority is too small for future standoffs.

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