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Holdouts Offer Some Details on Why They Switched Their Votes to McCarthy -- WSJ

The Wall Street Journal · 01/06/2023 14:47

By Siobhan Hughes

House Republicans who flipped their votes in favor of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) said they had enough faith in the basic contours of an agreement with Mr. McCarthy and his allies to feel comfortable supporting the California Republican for speaker.

"We have the framework of an agreement that allows us to keep moving forward in good faith," said Rep. Scott Perry (R., Pa.), the House Freedom Caucus chairman and a key holdout in the bloc that had opposed Mr. McCarthy. But he went on to say that the deal was not final.

"There's work to do on this framework," he said. "And we're not the only ones involved, right? There are 200 plus other members in this body that have a say so."

Among elements of the agreement he sketched out were an agreement on a procedural maneuver to push out the House speaker, known as a motion to vacate the chair. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Mr. McCarthy agreed to allow the motion to vacate the chair to be submitted by just a single member, down from five members that Mr. McCarthy had previously agreed to.

Also part of the agreement, according to Mr. Perry, broad changes regarding spending and more diversity in the conservatives who hold positions of power within the House GOP system. But neither he nor his colleagues would fill in any of the details.

"It's not a secret deal," said Rep. Chip Roy (R., Texas), another key negotiator. "We're having conversations among a body to elect the Speaker of the House, and that will become readily apparent in the detail."

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