McCarthy On Thin Ice After Critical Comments About House Leadership

Kevin McCarthy, who has a tenuous hold on the speakership, is taking heat within the House GOP caucus after The New York Times reported that he was critical of Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who he allegedly called "ineffective," and Budget Chair Jodey Arrington

  • Some angry GOP lawmakers warn that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s position could be on rocky ground after a report he blamed members of his leadership team for Republicans’ chaos over the budget.
  • Multiple House Republicans argued McCarthy’s criticism of Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Budget Chair Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) undermines their messaging and opens the floodgates for public infighting earlier than necessary.
  • McCarthy told colleagues he lacks confidence that Arrington can deliver a budget proposal, according to an explosive New York Times article published Thursday. The California Republican also reportedly told allies he views Scalise as “ineffective” and unwilling to take hard positions.
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