Last Updated on December 21, 2022
Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt has voiced his support for a Kevin McCarthy speakership even after establishment Senate leader Mitch McConnell endorsed the California rep’s House Speaker bid earlier this week.
Rep. Aderholt (R-AL) will be voting in favor of Rep. Kevin McCarthy for the House Speaker role despite McCarthy’s intention to keep controversial rule changes the House adopted under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership.
“At this point, I’m still supporting Kevin McCarthy,” Aderholt told National File in an exclusive interview.
McCarthy has faced growing amounts of criticism from Trump-aligned House GOPers like Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Bob Good (R-VA), Matt Rosendale (R-MO), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Ralph Norman (R-SC). These five reps have all announced they are “hard no” voters against McCarthy.
With Rep. McCarthy needing 218 of the 222 Republican congress members to vote for him on the January 3rd Speaker election, it appears McCarthy will not be successful in his bid for Speaker.
Senate minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell even threw his support behind a McCarthy speakership. “I’m pulling for Kevin. I hope he makes it,” McConnell said Tuesday.
McConnell has come under fire for supporting the nearly $2 trillion government spending package being sent to the House.
The spending package, if passed, will send $47 billion of taxpayer dollars to Ukraine and $410 million to secure the borders of foreign countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman.
McConnell infuriated Republicans on Wednesday, when the Kentucky Senator said “providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians, that’s the number one priority for the United States right now according to most Republicans.”
Mitch McConnell: “Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians, that’s the number one priority for the United States right now according to most Republicans.”
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National File previously reported on one of Rep. Aderholt’s fellow Alabama congressman professing his disdain for a McCarthy Speakership:
Rep. Mo Brooks threw his support behind the House Freedom Caucus members who are demanding Kevin McCarthy vow to abandon rule changes adopted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in 2015
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) praised the efforts of House Freedom Caucus members to pressure Rep. Kevin McCarthy into restoring the “motion to vacate the chair” rule and readjust the committee assignment process.
“I applaud the efforts of those HFC [House Freedom Caucus] members who have tried to change the rules so that the public’s interest will carry more weight in what is now a very corrupt deliberative process in the House of Reps,” Rep. Brooks told National File in an exclusive interview.
Brooks went on to slam the process in which committee chairmanships and memberships are established and called it the reason the House of Representatives is “a corrupt body regardless of which body is in control”…
Stay tuned to National File for any updates surrounding the January 3rd House Speaker election.