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It's long past time for Kevin McCarthy, or somebody, to "put on the big boy pants", and simply expel the 20 holdouts from Congress.
Whichever Republican finally manages to scrape together enough votes to become House speaker will likely find it nearly impossible to run the chamber, given the power of the recalcitrant GOP minority. Unless, that is, this person wields the power that any parliamentary party leader has: the power to expel members from the party caucus.
The United States does not have this practice, but it could adopt it. House Republican rules permit the conference to expel members on a two-thirds vote of the membership. Expulsion would cost a member their seat on all committees, as committee membership is determined by recommendations from the party caucuses. It would also essentially remove their ability to influence the party leadership, making them powerless to do anything except vote on the floor.
Ninety percent of House Republicans want Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), whom the caucus already selected as its leader, to become speaker. The renegades are saying they will not play ball with the others and will keep holding out until the majority of the party backs down on their demands. That runs contrary to the spirit necessary for any large party to remain together.
The 20 or so GOP holdouts have effectively said they belong to a different political party. The new speaker should make clear that he and his colleagues will treat them as such if they continue acting against the interests of the Republican Party.