Steve Scalise faces fight for majority leader’s job

29 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Breaking: Hensarling won’t seek leadership spot in House.

The race is expected to be hotly contested. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Jefferson is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, after news of House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) House Speaker John Boehner’s surprise announcement Friday that he’s stepping down as speaker and giving up his Ohio House seat on Oct. 30 has touched off a leadership fight.“Tom Price is a committed conservative and a good friend,” Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan said in a Monday statement. “He and I have served for years together on the Budget and Ways and Means Committees, working to pay down our debt, fix our tax code, and grow our economy. He has the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective Majority Leader, and I’m proud to support him.” Ryan’s endorsement comes hot on the heels of that of Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, who until Monday was also considering a possible bid for Leader.

Jeb Hensarling will not run for a leadership spot in the House, and a spokeswoman for the influential conservative chairma n said he will support Rep. In a letter to his Republican colleagues sent Monday, Price wrote that there are “tremendous challenges facing our nation with principled solutions and determination.” “In order to succeed, our Leadership must be responsive to you, the Representative of the American people,” Price continued. “The hurdles that inevitably lay ahead will require effective and capable leaders. The House’s current number-two leader, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, is widely considered the most likely candidate to succeed Boehner, but Hensarling was named among the mostly likely candidates to seek the number two post. A source close to his office said he’d likely rely on the same members-driven approach as whip that made him successful as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, when he helped the Republicans gain control of the House in 2010.

The last Louisiana member of Congress to serve as House majority leader was the late Hale Boggs, D-New Orleans, who died in a plane crash while campaigning in 1972 for a House colleague in Alaska House Republicans are meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the process and timing for the new leadership elections.

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