McCarthy, Scalise Win House Leadership Spots
5:01 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
House Republicans elected California congressman Kevin McCarthy as their new majority leader Thursday afternoon. The election comes just more than a week after the outgoing majority leader, Eric Cantor, lost his primary in Virginia. Cantor will step down as majority leader on July 31. McCarthy defeated Idaho's Raul Labrador for the position.
McCarthy, who is currently the majority whip, will be replaced by Steve Scalise of Louisiana as whip. Scalise, the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, squared off against Illinois's Peter Roskam, McCarthy's chief deputy whip, and Indiana's Marlin Stutzman. While some expected the voting for majority whip to proceed to a second ballot, Scalise won on the first ballot.
John Boehner remains the House speaker. The House Republicans will hold leadership elections again this November, after the midterm elections.
Fred Barnes writes in the current issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD about what we can expect from a McCarthy-led House of Representatives:
Read the whole thing here.
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