LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WDRB) — After the historic battle for House Speaker ended late Saturday night, local lawmakers are reacting.
After 15 ballots, the 118th Congress has begun, following a week of continued disagreements and divisions among Republican politicians. McCarthy, finally elected, takes the oath of office, and the House is finally ready to take the oath of office to newly elected representatives after waiting a week for the legislature to officially open and the 2023-24 session to begin. is ready.
Local Republican delegates are united behind Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, but it wasn’t the introduction of a freshman to Washington-Louisville’s House of Representatives.
Rep. Morgan McGarvey told WDRB News earlier this week: .
McGarvey, a Democrat, officially took office Saturday morning as the president of Kentucky’s Third District. In a statement, he said, “I am proud to finally be sworn in after a five-day Republican civil war hampered our legislative work.
The group of conservatives withholding votes for House Speaker this week did not include representatives from Kentucky or Indiana. Local representatives support the new McCarthy.
In a statement, freshman Congressman Erin Hochin, who represents Southern Indiana, said in a statement, “We are uniting on what is best for our country and calling Speaker McCarthy together to get things done for the Hoosers at home. By electing him, we are encouraging our conference to come together.”
Kentucky’s James Comer delivered his nomination speech ahead of the 13th Presidency vote.
“This is the people’s home. Let’s get down to business. Mrs. Clark, I nominate Kevin McCarthy to be the next Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. I will bow down,” said Comer.
Kentucky Representative Thomas Massey, who was a frequent critic of Republican leaders, including McCarthy, also expressed his support. Massey told Fox News political commentator Tucker Carlson that McCarthy agreed to form a commission to investigate alleged abuses by the FBI and other intelligence agencies.
Massie said he’s been working behind the scenes this week.
“We were making sure that this committee wasn’t going to be just a show committee so that it wouldn’t be fenced in,” Massey told Carlson. “We wanted to ensure full jurisdiction.” It is.”
McCarthy made concessions to gain the vote as Speaker of the House, which included agreeing to a deal that gave his colleagues the power to oust him as Speaker with just one vote.
“My ultimate responsibility as Speaker of the House is not to my party, my Congress, or even our Congress,” McCarthy said. I have.”
McCarthy will also work to maintain a relationship with Senate Minority Leader Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. McCarthy and McConnell didn’t always have the same mindset during his first two years in the presidency of Joe Biden.
“Republicans in the Senate look forward to working together to curb and balance the Democrats in Washington,” McConnell tweeted his congratulations early Saturday morning.
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