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On New Year’s Day, nine House Republicans came out in a letter to openly oppose the speakership of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the 118th Congress that begins Tuesday.

The nine members include Reps. Scott Perry (R-PA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Chip Roy (R-TX), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Andy Harris (R-MD), Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Andy Ogles (R-TN), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), and Eli Crane (R-AZ).

The letter came a day after the speaker candidate wrote his own letter to outline how he would lead in a new Congress titled, “Restoring the People’s House and Ending Business as Usual.”

The nine Republican firebrands, however, were displeased with what McCarthy outlined, arguing that it was too little, too late, as reported by the Daily Wire.

“[McCarthy’s letter] is a welcome and telling admission of the longstanding and deep dysfunction of the House of Representatives and statement of aspiration to begin to set it right in the 118th Congress. Regrettably, however, despite some progress achieved,” the congressmen wrote. “Mr. McCarthy’s statement comes almost impossibly late to address continued deficiencies ahead of the opening of the 118th Congress on January 3rd. ”


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“At this stage, it cannot be a surprise that expressions of vague hopes reflected in far too many of the crucial points still under debate are insufficient,” they explained about McCarthy’s plans to tackle the many issues facing the next Congress. “This is especially true with respect to Mr. McCarthy’s candidacy for speaker because the times call for radical departure from the status quo — not a continuation of past, and ongoing, Republican failures.”

“Thus far, there continue to be missing specific commitments with respect to virtually every component of our entreaties, and thus, no means to measure whether promises are kept or
broken,” the statement continued, concluding that McCarthy has yet to address open attempts to primary more conservative, America Frist Republicans in the midterm elections.

The statements made by these nine Republicans showcase grievances about how Rep. McCarthy is leading the caucus and will need to be taken into account when the selection for speaker takes place.

Currently, Republicans control 222 seats in the House of Representatives, giving them just a four-seat majority over the Democrats. This would mean that if the opposition to McCarthy is willing to hold up his election to Speaker, they have the votes to do so.

If California representative fails to address the concerns of these members adequately, it could spell disaster for the Republican House Majority and a bumpy start for the beginning of the 118th Congress.

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