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Rep. Norman says McCarthy won't get support due to his contribution to gov. overspending

McCarthy failed in his bid for the position of Speaker of the House on all three votes on Tuesday.

Published: January 3, 2023 9:44pm

Updated: January 3, 2023 10:58pm

South Carolina GOP Rep. Ralph Norman says California Rep. Kevin McCarthy will only get support to become Speaker of the House from Republicans who currently oppose him if he can reach agreement with them regarding congressional spending. 

"I guess a miracle could happen," Rep. Norman answered when asked if McCarthy could do anything to get Republicans who oppose him to vote for him.

"My question to him is that I put together a seven-year budget when I was on the Republican Study Committee that worked on a combination of tax cuts, regulations, and then dealing with every agency," Norman said on Tuesday's edition of the "Just the News, No Noise TV show. "But it involved cuts, and he just said no."

McCarthy failed in his bid for the position of Speaker of the House on all three votes on Tuesday. The vote is set to resume on Wednesday. 

The last time it took more than one round of voting to elect the Speaker was 1923. 

Rep. Norman was one of the first congressmen to speak out against McCarthy after McCarthy refused to work with him and other GOP members on a budget plan. 

"He's had our list for two months, and he didn't think he needed it, because he thought we were gonna have a 30-seat margin," Norman explained. "He's in a fight, but it should be a fight. If he had addressed these issues months ago, as any leader would, there would be more trust in him."

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