Tempers flare and bills languish as Speaker Johnson confronts the same problems that vexed McCarthy
WASHINGTON (AP) By most accounts, Speaker Mike Johnson inherited a House Republican majority in disarray after the sudden ouster of his predecessor last month.
But as Johnson, R-La., tries to rebuild that slim majority, hes fast running into the same hard-right factions and divisions that Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was unable to tame. Thats disrupting the partys agenda, shelving priorities and leaving gnawing questions about any leaders ability to govern.
Capitol Hill devolved into fresh scenes of political chaos this past week as tensions soared. A Republican senator challenged a Teamsters union boss to a brawl, one of several outbursts involving lawmakers, and the untested new speaker was forced to abandon his own partys schedule and send everyone home early for Thanksgiving.
Abandon the loons, craft bipartisan bills, and you know, actually govern.
As surprising as it sounds, the dems will negotiate in good faith as long as your demands are reasonable.
Once they decided they wanted to stoke their pet conspiracies - they were finished with passing bills and working for the greater good.