Congressman Kevin McCarthy easily defeated a challenge from Congressman Jim Jordan for the position of House Minority Leader this afternoon. Jordan will likely be the ranking minority leader on the House Judiciary Committee, pitting him against Democrats intent on unleashing a mass of anti-Trump investigations.
The president’s relationship with McCarthy has been overwhelmingly positive over the course of the first two years of the Trump administration. It was McCarthy who often had to act as peacemaker between the president and outgoing House Speaker, Paul Ryan who remained an anti-Trumper—behind closed doors. It was also McCarthy who led the charge for passage of the Trump tax cuts, work which the president is said to have been very impressed by.
President Trump is also on very good terms with Congressman Jordan who has been a stalwart supporter of the president’s since 2016. If President Trump has called on both men to make a quick peace and get ready for what will likely be a contentious ongoing battle with the new Democrat House majority, it is likely that is exactly what will happen.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (who wants badly to become the next Speaker of the House) is set to introduce a full funding border wall bill this week to the tune of $23 million. McCarty is no doubt hoping the gesture will put him on President Trump’s good side. Given it’s coming from the Majority Leader, the bill’s chances of success in the House are high. If voters would like to see it succeed in the Senate as well so it can reach the president’s desk and be signed into law, those same voters will likely have to give Republicans a few more Trump-positive Senate votes during the 2018 Midterm elections.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and President Donald Trump
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The forthcoming bill will not address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) cases – which will give Democrats significantly less ammunition to derail the effort.
McCarthy will travel on Wednesday to the US border with Mexico to meet with Border Patrol agents, where he will also receive a briefing from Border Patrol officials on operations and threat assessments.
While the bill will probably pass through the House with little trouble, the Senate should prove to be a bit more daunting – as Republicans only have a 51-49 majority, and would need 60 votes to clear a filibuster hurdle on a cloture vote – unless Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed the Senate rules – which he has been thus far hesitant to do amid enormous pressure.
But that’s where things get interesting, as Republicans could pick up as many as five or more extra Senate seats in the midterm elections depending on how a variety of races shake out–meaning they would be much closer to that 60-vote threshold making it easier to roll the necessary Democrats and get the votes required to clear the cloture hurdle of 60 votes and get a bill like this to the president’s desk so he can sign it. -Breitbart
That said, Republicans wouldn’t have those key votes until January, 2019 – and that’s assuming the Democrats’ “blue wave” crashes on the rocks. “that means whatever the House passes in late 2018 for it to become law unless the Senate goes for it this year would need to be passed again in early 2019,” writes Boyle.
With a variety of post-midterm threats levied by Democrats – including launching investigations and impeachment proceedings against both President Trump and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans who want to see the wall go up will have an additional incentive to head to the polls.