A probe of the 2012 Benghazi attacks may have violated congressional ethics rules, House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday after a top Republican indicated it was aimed at hurting Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. Angry Democrats called for the Benghazi panel to be disbanded following the remarks on Tuesday evening by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He is campaigning to be the next speaker of the House when the current speaker, John Boehner, retires on Oct. 30.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy has glided to victory in each of his leadership races — one for majority whip, and two for majority leader — by simply winning the support of more than half the members of the Republican Conference. To become the 54th speaker of the House, though, he’ll need to do something he’s never done before: find 218 supporters on the floor.
The Steve Scalise era is off to an embarrassing start. The Louisiana Republican, who boasted of his deep ties to red-state GOP lawmakers in his recent bid to become majority whip, received a very public drubbing on his first day in the No. 3 slot when his colleagues abandoned leadership’s plans to pass a border security bill.
The House of Representatives rose to bid farewell to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday, but if the GOP had hopes his passing might usher in a new era of comity between the party’s leadership and its right wing, they were short lived. Less than 3 hours after the symbolic farewell (he’ll serve out the rest of his term as a rank and file member), the GOP House leaders, lacking the votes they needed for passage, pulled a much-touted bill that was meant to address the ongoing crisis of unaccompanied minors streaming across the country’s southwest border by the thousands.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was elected Thursday by Republican lawmakers as the next House majority leader. McCarthy, 49, defeated conservative Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) to become the second-ranking House Republican and replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.). GOP aides announced McCarthy's victory. Vote totals were not provided. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was elected to replace McCarthy as the House GOP Whip less than an hour later. He defeated two other candidates in the first ballot amid speculation it might take two ballots to decide the contest.
House Republicans promoted Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to become the House majority leader in a rare mid-session ballot necessitated by Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning defeat in a June 10 Virginia primary. The California Republican, 49, has built a reputation as a gregarious and politically savvy pol despite some failings in the more confrontational whip role, which is tasked with counting and securing votes in a divided GOP conference to pass legislation. The majority leader is responsibility for coordinating the legislative agenda with committee chairmen and managing the U.S. House schedule as second-in-command to the speaker.
Mitt Romney's loss in the 2012 presidential election this month brought unexpected collateral damage on another Republican drive - the much-touted "Young Guns" effort to bring a new crop of party stars to Washington.