Late Sunday evening, in the aftermath of reports that House Republican leadership was considering passage of bills on major issues like gun control and immigration without a majority of House Republicans in support, Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reached out to Breitbart News to clarify his position: House leadership should not pursue legislation without a majority of House GOP support.
“This morning on CNN I told Candy Crowley that the House should craft our own legislation through regular order,” McCarthy said. “Additionally I believe that legislation should have the support of a majority of the majority. Reports to the contrary do not accurately represent my position.
“We face serious challenges as a country, and the President and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) have refused to lead. House Republicans have, and we will continue to do so.”
This is a welcome signal from McCarthy that the voices of conservatives will be heard in the legislative process by the House leadership- a matter that remains in controversy since the fiscal cliff negotiations and the failed House rebellion against Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’s speakership.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the book “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).