Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted Friday that her fellow MAGA Republicans should point the finger at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell — and not continue to block Rep. Kevin McCarthy from being elected the next House Speaker to become.
Greene’s post came as the House of Representatives chamber adjourned Friday after a 13th vote failed to produce a new speaker. McCarthy has been slowly wearing down his Republican peers, however, with 15 of the 20 dissenting lawmakers flipped as of Friday afternoon.
But McCarthy’s chances to become Speaker continue to be thwarted by a small group of conservatives. In Friday’s most recent vote, six MPs – all closely associated with the House Freedom Caucus and the MAGA movement – voted for MP Jim Jordan.
Green sent Friday night that “MAGA asked for a head on a record, but it shouldn’t be McCarthy, it should be McConnell.”
“McConnell has done more than anyone to implement Biden’s agenda. Not McCarthy, he was trying to stop her,” she added. “The next RNC chairman should fulfill grassroots orders and hold McConnell accountable.”
Dissident Republicans this week made several demands of McCarthy in exchange for her speaker’s vote, including concessions that would make it easier to unseat a speaker and weaken a speaker’s power to advance the House agenda.
While the GOP House of Representatives failed to reach final negotiations all week, McConnell was seen with President Joe Biden in Covington, Kentucky, to celebrate the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed in November . Part of the large expenditure was allocated to the revitalization of the Brent Spence Bridge, which connects Ohio and Kentucky across the Ohio River.
Between supporting the infrastructure bill and noting in December that supporting Ukraine was the “No. 1 priority” among most Republicans, McConnell has been constantly criticized by more conservative lawmakers for being a “RINO” — a derisive term used “Republican in name only” means. – used by GOP members to accuse their peers of being too liberal.
Former President Donald Trump has also repeatedly criticized McConnell’s willingness to cooperate with the Biden administration. Meanwhile, McCarthy, who is also Trump’s pick for speaker, told Fox News last month that his Republican counterparts, who worked last month to pass the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill, got it “wrong.” .
McCarthy told reporters he was confident Republicans would “have the votes to end this once and for all” before the chamber reconvenes at 10 p.m. Friday. If the Republican leader is able to keep the votes he flipped earlier in the day, McCarthy would have to convince four more dissenters to be named the next speaker.
news week has reached out to McConnell’s office for comment.
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