House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy officially becomes House majority leader at midnight, replacing Eric Cantor. That’s a pretty meaningful promotion. You’d think this would be a good day for him. And one that comes just before the August recess.
But his welcoming gift from his caucus, and from the House in general, was not too generous. At the last minute, House leadership pulled a $659 million emergency funding bill that was intended to address the border crisis. That bill never had much of a chance in the Senate anyway, but the sudden reversal is a blow to the incoming House leadership team, McCarthy included.
How much does that hurt McCarthy? Here’s a clip of what happened when McCarthy came to the floor Thursday afternoon to announce that there would possibly be more votes later in the day, slightly delaying Congress’s five-week recess.
Welcome to the top of congressional leadership, Kevin McCarthy!