In a bold move, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) asserts his ability to unify his party and get the House of Representatives back on track. Since former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was removed from office, Scalise has been engaging in numerous discussions on Capitol Hill. The prevailing sentiment among these discussions is the desire to return to business as usual.
Scalise recognizes that the problems plaguing the Republican party won’t magically disappear with the appointment of a new speaker. However, he poses a crucial question that members of the House are contemplating: how do they get things back on track? Scalise makes a compelling argument for himself, stating that his strong base of support is due to his proven record of unifying Republicans and fighting for the priorities of the American people.
From Scalise’s perspective, the public wants Congress to focus on critical issues such as border security and reining in government spending. Interestingly, McCarthy had just managed to pass a federal government funding deal to avoid a shutdown before being ousted. This creates an intriguing dynamic as Scalise and House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) vie for the coveted speaker’s gavel. A vote on the next speaker is expected on Tuesday.
It’s worth noting that former President Donald Trump has thrown his support behind Jordan and even expressed his willingness to temporarily step in as speaker if needed. With Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC) currently filling the role, the race for the speakership is gaining momentum. Scalise’s emphasis on his ability to unite Republicans and address the concerns of the American people may sway the vote in his favor.