FreedomWorks Statement in Response to Kevin McCarthy’s Bid for House Speaker

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announcing his candidacy for Speaker of the House, Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks President, commented:

“We are encouraged that Republicans will once again take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, and wish Representative McCarthy the best of luck in his bid to be the next Speaker of the House. 

We believe it is imperative for McCarthy to work with the House Freedom Caucus to restore the House Rules that were in place during the 115th Congress. These include, among other things, the Motion to Vacate the Chair, which serves as a check on the Speaker, requiring legislation to be made available for 72 hours before it is voted on, and eliminating the ability to automatically suspend the debt ceiling without a standalone vote when the House adopts a budget resolution.

Additionally, a change that should be implemented in the GOP Conference Rules should be to require all legislation considered on the floor to allow amendments.”

“The conservative conscience of the House Republican Conference, the House Freedom Caucus, is proposing common-sense rules that will help restore integrity in the legislative process. We hope that those running for leadership positions and the members of the House GOP will get behind the Freedom Caucus’s proposals.”