Tag: Kevin McCarthy

Adam Schiff Ties the Hands of Republicans on the Intel Committee

 

When it comes to the Intel Committee, most people are expressing their dislike and disdain for Adam Schiff, who appears to have no intention of following precedent regarding the committee he rules . . . er, leads. We could spend much time parsing the meaning of the telephone transcript, or Adam Schiff’s inability to tell the truth, but I was glad to see the Republicans call out Schiff’s ignoring the rules of the Intel Committee. He’s been busy ignoring or revising the rules to suit his agenda.

Kevin McCarthy finally called for Nancy Pelosi to stop the impeachment inquiry “until transparent and equitable rules and procedures are established to govern the inquiry as is customary.”

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Ryan and Reconciliation Is a Powerful Combination

 
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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, March 6, 2014.Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com

As of this writing House Ways and Means chairman Paul Ryan has not decided whether to run for Speaker. He has been bombarded by all the Republican factions. Even Mitt Romney says the Wisconsinite can unify the Republican conference and take the job. I applaud Ryan’s leadership and policy skills and think he would make a good speaker.

But there’s a backstory to the current chaos of the GOP conference and the withdrawal of Kevin McCarthy from the speakership race. The GOP leadership in the House and Senate has failed to pass legislation to repeal the Obama agenda and put the measures on the president’s desk. If he vetoes them, so be it. We go to 2016. But it’s all been broken promises.

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Paul Ryan for Speaker?

 

593px-Paul_Ryan_at_Utah_fundraiser_2012With Kevin McCarthy out, Rep. Paul Ryan is — inevitably — under immense pressure to run for speaker of the house and to give Boehner a way out of it. Ryan, however, has made it abundantly clear for years that he does not want the job.

Every politician under the sun talks about their family when choosing not to run for some higher office, so it’s no surprise that Ryan says he wants to be based in Janesville, Wisconsin and see his three kids as much as possible. But every remotely fair-minded reporter I’ve read ends up convinced that Paul Ryan actually means it and isn’t merely being coy.

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How Would You React to a Coalition Majority in the House?

 

Now that Kevin McCarthy has dropped out of the running to be Speaker John Boehner’s replacement, and given the lack of any clear alternative (who actually wants the job?), some are floating the the idea of a coalition:

One crossover vote — from one member, in one election — does not a precedent make. But Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) nonetheless told CNN minutes after McCarthy withdrew, to elect the next Speaker “we [may] have to assemble a bipartisan coalition, that’s the reality of this place.”

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Kevin McCarthy Drops Out of House Speaker Race

 

Rep. Kevin McCarthyShocking development in the race to replace Speaker of the House John Boehner:

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has dropped out of elections for House Speaker, shocking Capitol Hill and raising questions about who can possibly lead the House Republican conference.

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‘Uncommon Knowledge’ Flashback: Kevin McCarthy on the GOP House

 

House majority leader Kevin McCarthy is being mentioned as a possible replacement for departing Speaker of the House John Boehner. In this Uncommon Knowledge interview recorded a year ago, Peter Robinson sits down with the Bakersfield congressman to discuss his role in the House, the future of California, and actions taken on the border. McCarthy began his own business at age 19, eventually went on to work in the California State Assembly, and was elected to Congress in 2006.

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Member Post

 

Yes, Mitch McConnell slipped it into his version of the highway bill. Judging by the vote for it — every Democrat and 24 Republicans — it might look like game over. But the House leadership isn’t playing along. They passed their own bill, without the Ex-Im, and Kevin McCarthy says they’re not in the least interested in rushing […]

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Slipping the Surly Bonds

 

shutterstock_251316592In my lifetime, I believe that the greatest symbol of American exceptionalism has been NASA, the United States space program, and the American flag that waves (in a manner of speaking) over the Sea of Tranquility on the Moon. In an age when anti-American, anti-imperialist sentiment was building steam, America may not have been universally loved, but it was universally respected. In a rickety vessel that now seems more primitive than the boats in which Columbus sailed the Atlantic, three Americans blasted off, crossed an empty void, landed on a new world and, just to show off, televised the whole thing. And the reaction of the whole world to this incredible spectacle was: “well, of course it is the Americans.”

You had to think twice before you’d mess with someone who could do that.

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Kevin McCarthy, Standing Athwart Jerry Brown

 

In the final clip from my recent conversation with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for Uncommon Knowledge, we turn to California politics — specifically to the future of the Golden State’s high-speed rail project, a topic on which McCarthy has become a thorn in the side of Governor Jerry Brown:

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Memo to Leader McCarthy: Talk About Pocketbook Issues, Not Freedom

 

From a good friend:

Listening to Uncommon Knowledge with Kevin McCarthy at the gym. The new House Majority Leader is making a big mistake. Why do conservatives keep using LIBERTY! in every interview? It adds zero-content and non-conservatives think it’s weird.

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The People’s House

 

McCarthyWhen I interviewed him yesterday for Uncommon Knowledge, Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California, the new House Majority Leader, stressed the truly democratic character of the House of Representatives. Members of the House, he said with real affection for the institution, come from all walks of life. He spoke with particular pride of having persuaded a farmer from Frog Jump, Tennessee — of all places — to run for the House in 2010… a farmer who is now known as Congressman Stephen Fincher.

Here’s the way Leader McCarthy summed it up:

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Welcome to my semi-annual contemplation of life after Boehner, a habit of rumination so successful that there was an actual ruckus in 2012 as rumors of a Republican revolt against Boehner in the House, played up ominously until the day of the vote when it fizzled like a bottle rocket in a tidal wave from […]

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