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On Wednesday, Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) political action committee (PAC), the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), brokered a deal with Club for Growth announcing that the McCarthy-tied PAC will no longer spend money on primaries in safe Republican seats as demanded by the 20 Republican holdouts to McCarthy’s speakership.

In addition to vowing to stay out of safe primaries, the CLF also pledged to ensure that other PACs remain out of such seats, according to Breitbart.

CLF announced the changes on Twitter writing, “CLF will not spend in open-seat Republican safe districts and won’t grant resources to other groups to do so,” adding, “CLF will continue its policy of not spending against Republican incumbents.”

In response to the breakthrough, the Club for Growth, a wealthy group that endorses limited government and fiscally conservative candidates, said that the concession “fulfills a major concern we have pressed for.”

“This agreement fulfills a major concern we have pressed for. We understand that Leader McCarthy and Members are working on a rules agreement that will meet the principles we have set out,” Club for Growth wrote on Twitter. “Assuming these principles are met, Club for Growth will support McCarthy for Speaker.”


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On the first day of the Speaker vote, January 3rd, Club for Growth wrote the following about McCarthy’s efforts during the midterm elections to unseat some of his Republican colleagues: “Lesson learned – McCarthy supported a number of these Rep’s primary opponents. He can’t unify the party. This is a perfect example of why we need a Speaker who can lead and unite the party and stays out of primaries.”

In addition to the concession already granted, the PAC also demands that McCarthy “provide transformational reforms to the House, build a bold pro-growth legislative agenda, and restore the individual rights and powers of the rank-and-file membership.”

While the House is set to take their seventh vote at noon on Thursday, the concessions made to the 20 opposition Republicans may be enough to sway some votes over to the McCarthy column.

It is unlikely, however, that McCarthy will be able to obtain the Speakership in the seventh vote. It will likely take even more ballots until the House has finally decided on a leader for the 118th Congress.

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