A Crisis of Kevin McCarthy’s Own Making
This episode contains strong language.
Republicans are set to take control of the House of Representatives for the first time in four years. The transition is shaping up to be chaotic.
Today, the 118th Congress will gather for the first time in the Capitol, yet there is still a question mark over who is going to be the Republican speaker of the House.
Why is there still a fight over leadership?
Guest: Catie Edmondson, a congressional correspondent for The New York Times.
- Representative Kevin McCarthy is struggling to break through a wall of entrenched opposition to his speakership from hard-right lawmakers even after agreeing to weaken his leadership power.
- Mr. McCarthy has so far faced no viable challenger. But if he is unable to secure the votes, an alternative could quickly emerge. Here are the Republicans to watch.
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