McCarthy, center, and Scalise, right, are still expected to move up in the wake of Boehner’s resignation. But both face complications. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
House Republicans were already divided over the candidates for speaker, majority leader and whip. Now they’re finding themselves split over when to hold elections.
Over the weekend, the expectation that members would vote on Thursday for a new leadership slate was turned upside down, as some lawmakers amped up lobbying efforts to postpone votes for majority leader and whip.
Members were also whispering about the ramifications of letting almost a month go by between nominating a new speaker candidate and holding the decisive roll call vote on the House floor.