WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Tom Emmer says running the House Republican Party was the worst job he ever had. campaign committee.
But after helping his party regain control of the House of Representatives in November, Former youth hockey coach must round up votes from these Republicans because majority is whiplashto pass the GOP priority.
ring in colleagues who support the debt ceilingSpending Cuts and the Biden Administration Investigation For the No. 3 leader, who has been in the House of Representatives since 2015, this will be a daunting task. Republicans only have 222 seats for her in the 435-member House of Representatives, so it takes nearly everyone to reach her 218 votes needed to approve most bills.
Fifteen votes were cast just to agree to elect California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House.
Emer was a key negotiator in that effort, hammering out side deals to win holdouts after endless meetings in his ground-floor office in the Capitol. It was a crash course for budget battles and upcoming showdowns.
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Election of speakers as a hockey brawl
Prior to joining Congress, Emmer was an attorney and state legislator. But some of his most relevant professional experience comes from hockey coaching.
When McCarthy failed to win the race for Speaker on the first ballot, Emer called a holdout in his still-new Capitol office.
“Good teams always have disagreements,” Emer said. “If you don’t let them express it, you’ll never succeed.”
Emmer told the story of a legendary hockey coach who challenged his players to a fight during practice. during the presidential election.
“Look, these guys actually get close,” said Emmer.
Preparing for a budget battle
Emmer is not a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. In fact, some Republicans didn’t consider him conservative enough for a leadership position.
But he was whipped by winning his own Republican election, pushing aside two challengers. When it came time to broker a deal for McCarthy’s election, Emmer had to win some of those same conservative holdouts.
One of McCarthy’s many key concessions to win detractor votes was his promise to return federal spending to 2022 budget levels. Cuts of that magnitude equate to his 8% cut in the Department of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Domestic Accounts, and he would be cut an additional 17% if Pentagon funds were saved.
Republicans also agreed to aim for a balanced budget within ten years.
From Emmer’s perspective, much of what was agreed upon in the holdout is “ambitious.”
“If I say this is an ambitious document, some people may criticize me because they are thinking about more than that, and they are right,” Emmer said. rice field. “Because we have to stick to this now.”
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One of the biggest challenges Emer faces is getting votes for the upcoming debt ceiling showdown.
parliament is questioned by Ministry of Finance Raise the national debt ceiling so that more money can be borrowed to pay off the country’s already accrued bills.
House Republicans argue that the restrictions cannot be lifted without changing the way the federal government spends. Perhaps a reduction in spending levels. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in her Associated Press interview: Saturday she hopes Congress will finally vote to raise the cap. But she said it was “extremely irresponsible” for Republicans to demand spending cuts in exchange for supporting increases, and risked “spontaneous disaster” for the global economy.
This is a repeat of the battle the Republicans fought the last time they won a majority in the House. John Boehner of Ohio and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin were speakers during the Obama and Trump administrations. At the time, Republicans tried to curb federal spending, with some success, but also some failures that disappointed the right.
These decades-long spending battles are simmering on Capitol Hill, especially among conservatives. As a result, the Liberal Party Caucus and others engaged in intense negotiations with McCarthy in the presidential campaign.
Emmer said of the dynamics, “A lot of it was probably personality issues that arose from the days when John Boehner was a speaker and then Paul Ryan.
“And a lot has happened in the last few years.”
refrain from defensive cuts
Republicans have different views on which spending to cut as they try to use the debt ceiling vote to extract budget priorities.
Some say they want to see all spending for consideration, but Emmer is one of those who think they need to cut back on defense spending significantly.
“The argument is that going to the 2022 baseline affects both domestic and defense, not under the Republican Party,” he said, referring to budget levels for 2022. Seek efficiency, look for waste, we’re not cutting defenses, we assure our owners, ask the House Armed Services Committee, that’s what we’re doing not.”
best and worst job
Emmer, who helped elect the new House Republicans, must now help lead them.
The reason he didn’t like his previous campaign chair job was because he had to always be, as he puts it, an aggressive “attack dog.” He also had to provide considerable customer service to the Republican candidate. He ran the National Republican Congressional Committee on his two occasions.
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“Contrary to popular belief, it’s pretty much the same,” he said.
“The great thing about having 222 (House Republicans) is that all voices matter,” he said. “So you respect everyone and respect their opinions. You don’t have to agree with them. You don’t even have to like them. It doesn’t matter. But you have to respect them.” it won’t.”
So what is the strategy for passing the debt ceiling and spending bills?
“Let the members tell us the plan,” said Emmer. “Our job is to make sure that when the plan is ready for primetime, it hits the finish line.”