(TargetLiberty.org) – House GOP members are upset over the lack of consequences faced by those in their conference that are responsible for the unrest in the previous year.
In 2023, there were two long and drawn-out Speaker races, as well as multiple fights that ended up on the House floor. The small Republican majority has so far shown no signs of taking action to discipline those responsible for these incidents. At the same time, hardline Republicans stood by their decision and are no longer as prominent as they had been last year during the flashpoints.
However, despite this, there is still lingering frustration within the party.
Rep. Max Miller (R-Ohio) noted that while Congress is meant to create the laws that govern the land, it lives “in a lawless society” where members are allowed to do as they want even when their actions go against conference rules. Despite this, they are then allowed to continue with their committee assignments and still receive extra dollars or fundraising from leaders.
In October, there were three weeks in which the GOP struggled to elect a new House Speaker after eight Republicans and all the Democrats had voted for the removal of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). The vote to vacate was pushed forward by a single member of the party,
Seven of the eight members who had voted against McCarthy later offered themselves up as punishment if the rest of the conference voted in favor of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). Despite this, the talks of any punishment were quickly left behind as the party sought to move forward from the dysfunction that Mike Johnson (La.) had brought forward as the Speaker.
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