Reports show that Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the current Speaker of the House, received great accolades from two of the lawmakers from his caucus who opposed his quest for Speaker.
Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Andy Biggs (R-AZ) both gave McCarthy high marks for his work as Speaker thus far. Considering the source, their thoughts are very interesting.
Rep. Gaetz was among the final 6 defectors who voted present on the 15th ballot, and he was a staunch opponent of McCarthy’s quest for Speaker. Biggs decided to run against McCarthy for Speaker and launched his own campaign.
According to a report, both lawmakers praised McCarthy just a day after voting against his proposal to temporarily increase the debt ceiling.
Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Tim Burchett (R-TN) joined Gaetz and Biggs in voting against the “Limit, Save Grow Act of 2023,” which would have suspended the debt ceiling until it was raised by $1.5 trillion or until March 2024, whichever came first, in return for a wide range of expenditure reductions.
Biggs criticized the bill for not being aggressive enough in its spending cuts and for failing to reduce the national debt. In contrast to the bill’s expenditure caps in 2022, he argued that government spending should at least revert to fiscal year 2019 levels before the COVID outbreak.
McCarthy has been able to win over members of the opposing party to his idea to raise the debt limit. Joe Manchin (D-WV), a moderate in the Senate, has lately urged Biden’s administration to meet with McCarthy for negotiations.
According to a report, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was questioned about the January 6 recordings during a March appearance on Fox’s Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo. He added that former host Tucker Carlson had to travel to the White House to watch the videos.
McCarthy also promised that the films would eventually be made available to every news outlet.
But they haven’t been.
Why hasn’t McCarthy released the thousands of hours of footage?