Rank-and-file Republicans who support the House of Representatives. Kevin McCarthy said they believe the momentum of tonight’s House speaker vote is on their side.
Rep. Troy Niels, R-Texas, told CNN that “we’re moving in the right direction” but urged Republicans to get the job done tonight so the House can come back on Monday and “get some work done.” Work”.
“Hopefully we’re not here tomorrow because I want to go home as much as everyone else. But we’ve done it tonight and hopefully we’ll be home tomorrow and come back Monday morning. Everyone else in America wakes up at seven to go to work , we need to be here on Monday, let’s get some work done,” he said.
Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska told reporters that McCarthy’s allies “definitely have momentum.”
“As long as we keep working hard and moving in the right direction, I hope it’s tonight,” he said. “We’re definitely motivated. I think we still have a vote or two to hammer out, but that’s what they’re working on.”
Asked whether Republicans could govern, Bacon replied: “Yes, but it’s not a positive start. But, I think Kevin McCarthy has a good point. We’re going to fix these problems now. If We can fix that now and that will put us in a better position.”
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik told CNN she “believes that Kevin McCarthy will be elected Speaker of the House, as I said a year ago, a year and a half ago, two years ago.”
She praised the overwhelming majority in their meeting for rallying around McCarthy: “As you can see, the Republicans are united today, and we’re working to get Nancy Pelosi fired once and for all.”
“I’m optimistic we’re in a good place,” she added.