Rep. Kevin McCarthy,R-Calif.,will succeed Rep. Eric Cantor,R-Va.,as majority leader,the No. 2 spot in the House. Rep. Steve Scalise,R-La.,clinched the role of House majority whip after McCarthy’s election left the position open.
“I make one promise – I will work every single day to make sure this Congress has the courage to lead and the wisdom to listen,” McCarthy said,following the vote. “We are struggling with a stagnant economy,failed health care law and so many are living paycheck to paycheck.”
McCarthy and Scalise have served less than a decade in Congress,but were able to wrangle the votes needed to win the closed-door elections.
McCarthy defeated his lone competitor,Rep. Raul Labrador,R-Idaho,said Riva Litman,a spokeswoman for House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
The reshuffling of House leadership followed Cantor’s primary defeat to tea party-backed economics professor Dave Brat. Cantor said he plans to resign from his GOP leadership role by the end of July.
Scalise,who will fill the No. 3 position in House Speaker John Boehner’s leadership team,said he and other House Republicans are looking forward to building more coalitions to address the country’s problems.
“This is a win for America,because we are going to be a united team moving forward,” Scalise said.
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