A new minority leader is taking office in the House after the midterm elections earlier this month. Kevin McCarthy, from California, won the position in a landslide; he defeated second place finisher Jim Jordan (Ohio) by over a hundred votes. The final tally was 159 to 43, resulting in a clear victory for McCarthy.
McCarthy talked about the challenges the House would face and the continued and growing division of the major political parties.
“We know the challenge of what we’re working on,” he said. “We wanted to hit the ground running. We know the Democrats have a plan: they want to disrupt, they want to try to impeach, and they want to stall what achievements we’ve been able to move forward. But we know America is too great for such a small vision.”
McCarthy also spoke about the previous Congressional accomplishments, praising improvements to Veterans Affairs, the military, dramatically low unemployment and the war on drugs. McCarthy outlined his thoughts on continuing these wins and moving forward to improve the lives of Americans in all walks of life. He spoke about improved communication and cooperation with Democrats, provided they focus on the same important goals.
“We will work with anybody across that aisle if they are there to work to move America forward,” he continued. “But let me be very clear: If their agenda is simply investigations, impeachment, and not focused on the hard-working American public, we’ll be there to defend the American public.”
McCarthy has been a Congressman since 2006. He had the support of both President Donald Trump and former Speaker Paul Ryan. He served under Ryan as majority leader for several years, and was previously the number two Republican in the House. McCarthy is considered a moderate who has the support of his more conservative peers, and will be focused on uniting and finding common ground within the GOP. He has also stated a focus on regaining the House majority and winning back key seats lost in the most recent election.
McCarthy’s new role is not the only change happening after the midterm elections. Over 35 seats changed hands, allowing Democrats to take back control of the House. The change in majority led to a congressional election for minority leader. Democrats will vote later this year for Speaker of the House; Nancy Pelosi is favored for the role, but not running unopposed.
Other elections taking place after changes prompted by the midterm elections include the Steve Scalise of Louisiana as minority whip; Liz Cheney of Wyoming is the new Republican conference chairwoman. As these Republicans take on new roles and move forward, the GOP hopes to build on past accomplishments and continue to benefit the American people.
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