House Republican Leaders Get Into Ugly Fight

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( – Last week the tension between House Speaker McCarthy (R-California) and House Majority Leader Scalise (R-Louisiana) heated as the House-GOP leaders are called to deal with the conservative lawmakers that have been holding the lower chamber at a halt following the debt ceiling deal that McCarthy and President Biden agreed on.

On Wednesday, McCarthy specifically referred to Scalise while telling reporters about the rebellion of some conservatives, stating that there was a “misinterpretation” between Scalise and Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Georgia). When asked whether all the people in his leadership team were on the same page when it came to the situation on the floor, McCarthy stated they were.

However, in an interview with Punchbowl News on the same day, Scalise had claimed that members of the Republican party felt “misled by the speaker” over McCarthy’s handling of the debt limit deal especially when compared to the promises he had made in January when he was trying to garner enough support to win the Speaker vote.

The two men pointed to two different reasons why the conservatives were behaving as they were, showing a rare display of the tension between the GOP leadership. The House has been at a standstill for close to a full week, with some members stating that they hope for a resolution sooner and not later.

Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.) stated that “cooler heads have got to prevail” and added that both Scalise and McCarthy were “great people.” He further added that he hoped they would work together better.

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