The House Is Not Happy With Kevin McCarthy for Delaying Recess

After GOP leadership pulled a border bill and suggested more votes could come, the House let McCarthy hear it.

U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a media availability after a Republican Conference meeting December 13, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House is scheduled to vote on a bill today that combines the Keystone XL oil pipeline, year-end payroll tax holiday and unemployment insurance in the final passage, which President Barack Obama has threatened that he will veto. 
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Matt Berman
July 31, 2014, 11:17 a.m.

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!


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