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South Carolina Congressman says Speaker Johnson has 'trust' of the House GOP that McCarthy didn't

"It's just like a load has been lifted off of us," South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman said.

Published: November 7, 2023 4:10pm

Congressman Ralph Norman, R-S.C., said Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has the trust of the House Republicans in terms of leadership and cutting spending. 

"It's just like a load has been lifted off of us," Norman said on the "John Solomon Reports" podcast. "And you can boil it down to one word: trust. They trust Mike Johnson, and McCarthy just did not have that."

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted by eight House Republicans earlier this year. Many of them initially opposed McCarthy's speakership, and cited recent budget negotiations as the reason for ousting him.

Johnson was elected speaker in late October and has made cutting spending a priority for his leadership. 

"On the CR that's coming, I'm totally against CR's," Norman said. "But with Mike Johnson at the helm, we know that he will do what's right for the country. And that's what's new."

Congress has until mid-November to pass the appropriations bills or enact another continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown. 

"It's just a breath of fresh air," Norman said in reference to Johnson. "The trust is there. And are we gonna have our rough spots? Yes. But it's a new day in Congress. And he couldn't come at a better time than this."

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