Ryan says Scalise backs McCarthy as next House speaker

California's Mc Carthy expected to seek speaker position if Republicans keep the House

California's Mc Carthy expected to seek speaker position if Republicans keep the House

Ryan said in his weekly press conference that he was glad Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said he would not oppose McCarthy should he run for the position. And he and I are good friends, ' Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, told Fox News Thursday morning, just a day after Ryan announced his decision to retire.

Scalise also took the chance to push back against supporters touting him as a more conservative candidate for Speaker, saying, "Well look, I don't make up titles, and you know, I've got a long record as a conservative who's fought to advance a more conservative agenda". At the same time, though, the outcome of a leadership race in the summer isn't going to mean very much since there will have to be another such race in November after the election when it's clear who will actually be in the House of Representatives in the term that begins in January 2019. "I've talked to Mr. Scalise and Mr. McCarthy".

Now the House has 238 Republicans. The GOP members elected in November will choose the next speaker if the party retains a majority.

"In terms of getting things like coastal erosion, infrastructure projects, projects that require a large amount of money from the federal appropriation bills, but even if Republicans did lose control of the House, certainly as minority leader he would still have a great deal of influence over the appropriations process", said Collins. "And we did not do that four weeks ago on that big omnibus spending package, not even close".

McCarthy suggested in 2015 that a House committee probing the deadly 2012 raid on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya, had damaged Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's poll numbers, undermining GOP arguments that the investigation wasn't politically motivated. McCarthy subsequently withdrew his bid, calling for a candidate that could get the support of all Republicans.

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In a statement at the time, the Freedom Caucus said they saw McCarthy as a "continuation of the status quo" from Boehner. It also called for "significant changes to conference leadership", a similar request to Jordan's concerns Wednesday.

"Paul Ryan stepped into his role as Speaker at a critical moment, and has led our House with great dignity". And he has done some successful bridge-building with hardline conservatives in the House in recent years. Freedom Caucus members have lambasted its passage.

McCarthy, however, has an advantage he lacked in his 2015 campaign for speaker: A friendly relationship with the man in the Oval Office. Shrewdly, McCarthy has leaned all the way into this alliance, sort through bags of Starbursts to deliver to the president only the flavors he likes, not unlike a tired parent doing the little things to keep their toddler's screaming to a minimum.

From the U.S. Senate side of Capitol Hill, Sen.

McCarthy's spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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