On Tuesday, House Republicans nominated Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the position of Speaker of the House. They have chosen McCarthy to be the 53rd House Speaker with the expectation that Republicans are currently slated to take back the House majority.
McCarthy received 188 votes, overtaking Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), a former Freedom Caucus chairman, who scored 31 votes. Following the vote, there was plenty of applause for McCarthy.
The House must vote on the appointment of McCarthy as the speaker at the beginning of January. This means McCarthy will need to accrue 218 votes over the next few months.
McCarthy and House Republicans have been campaigning to retake the House majority with their Commitment to America agenda, a strategy for legislative reform to ease the many crises that have surfaced under the presidency of Joe Biden and also increase supervision over Biden's administration.
Many House conservatives, including House Freedom Caucus members, have sought changes to the rules in exchange for their support of McCarthy as speaker. These include:
- Enact a “majority of the majority” rule that would ensure that House Republicans should only put a bill on the floor if it is supported by a majority of House Republicans.
- Diversify the Steering Committee so that all House Republicans can have input on committee assignments.
McCarthy stated that on the first day of retaking the House, it would approve legislation that would eliminate the work of 87,000 IRS agents employed as part of the $700 billion Inflation Reduction Act. McCarthy has also stated that they would repeal the option of voting by proxy.
House Republicans are also expected to elect others to the House Republican leadership, such as the whip, conference chair, and chair of the policy committee.