Not Yet Speaker McCarthy

Kevin McCarthy's Concessions Don't Win Conservatives

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is continuing to struggle to lock down the votes needed to become the next Speaker just two days ahead of the floor vote, with conservatives stating that his major concessions laid out on a New Year’s day conference call fell short of what is needed to secure their support.

Shortly after the call, a group of conservatives released a letter stating the changes had fallen short of what they see as necessary to support him.

“Regrettably, however, despite some progress achieved, Mr. McCarthy’s statement comes almost impossibly late to address continued deficiencies ahead of the opening of the 118th Congress on January 3rd. 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 wrote