Is today Kevin McCarthy’s day?
According to a Fox News report, Team McCarthy worked late into Thursday night in an attempt to reach a deal with the holdouts from the House Freedom Caucus —he may finally have the votes to reach 218 and grab the gavel.
But he had to hand the holdouts nearly everything they wanted, according to the report.
From Fox News:
It won’t be easy, automatic or immediate, according to House lawmakers who themselves were processing the information in real time as details of the deal emerged. But a written framework for rules in the 118th Congress was released on Thursday that McCarthy’s allies hope will allow many of the GOP lawmakers who have been voting against McCarthy all week to eventually support him.
Lawmakers said the framework gives members of the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) who have been resisting McCarthy virtually everything they’ve been asking for. That includes a stronger HFC representation on key House committees, guardrails aimed at curbing excessive federal spending, and allowing just a single member of the House to make a motion to replace the speaker, lawmakers familiar with the framework told Fox News.
McCarthy had been resisting that last demand and was hoping to require at least five House members to make a motion to “vacate the chair.”
GOP lawmakers who have so far denied McCarthy the 218 votes he needs to become speaker said it will take time to review the framework. Rep.-elect Ralph Norman of South Carolina told Fox News that “this is round one” and that “we still have a ways to go.”
When asked if lawmakers would be working through the weekend to finalize the deal, he said, “probably, yes.”
HFC Chair Rep.-elect Scott Perry of Pennsylvania tweeted late Thursday that time would be needed to assess what’s before them. “We’re at a Reagan moment – ‘trust but verify,’” he wrote. “The devil is in the details, and we’ll take our time to ensure it’s right, not easy. One way or another, the status quo must go.”
McCarthy has failed to reach the necessary votes in 11 attempts.
More over at Fox News:
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