Tensions are mounting in the political world. And sometimes things can get scary.
But this major Republican made a disturbing threat against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Representative Ronny Jackson of Texas made a surprising statement on Tuesday regarding Speak McCarthy.
He said that a threat to McCarthy’s speakership is “inevitable” if he does not meet certain demands.
“It’s going to be detrimental to leadership in the House, if they blow off the concerns of the people like myself and the Freedom Caucus and some of the other people on the right that are making reasonable demands in this problem,” Jackson said.
Jackson was asked if he was prepared to move to vacate McCarthy’s speakership, and he replied, “I think that’s inevitable.”
He further said, “I think if we continue to rely on the Democrats to pass important legislation out of the House, it’s going to be a real problem for leadership. And I think the way the rules are set up now, that’s inevitable that’s going to happen.”
McCarthy has said that the House will need to pass some sort of short-term solution to keep the government from shutting down.
Rep. Jackson demands that McCarthy meet conservative demands and does not require help from Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.
The solution would only be short-term and is called a continuing resolution.
However, earlier this month 15 Texas Republicans, including Rep. Jackson, vowed to vote against every continuing resolution until necessary steps were taken to “secure the border.”
Jackson has also pledged to not vote for any continuing solution unless it directly slashed DOJ funding.
McCarthy is certainly between a rock and a hard place as he tries to avoid a government shutdown, but also keep key Republicans happy.
“McCarthy is going to have to listen to the people on the right or else he’s going to have to rely on the Democrats to pass this,” Jackson said.
McCarthy has faced backlash since before he was elected as speaker, and the election process was tumultuous.
“Any official Freedom Caucus position requires support from at least 80 percent of the group’s membership.”
With around three dozen Republicans in the caucus, they will have enough votes to halt any party-line efforts.
The pressure is mounting for McCarthy and other House GOP leaders, as they can only afford to lose a very few votes in their slight majority, before having to turn to Democrats for support.
It is clear that McCarthy does not want to work with Democrats, and neither do Republicans, however, the Republican demands are putting mounting pressure on McCarthy.
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