McCarthy ally Sessions warns GOP holdouts: treating the House like the Senate is a ‘dangerous path for us’

FIRST ON FOX: Texas Republican Elected Representative Pete sessions warned that treating the House of Representatives like the current Senate is a “dangerous path for us”.

Fox News Digital spoke to Sessions in a phone interview Thursday about the ongoing vote to determine the next House Speaker.

Trailing behind MP Kevin McCarthy in the running, Sessions said that “much substance emerged” from the negotiations, including “a discussion of campaigning activities involving Mr McCarthy against other members of the conference”.

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Texas Republican-elect Pete Sessions warned that there was a "dangerous path for us."

Texas Republican-elect Pete Sessions warned that treating the House of Representatives like the ongoing Senate is a “dangerous path for us to take.”
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“A lot of money, a million dollars, spent against one of the sitting members in a primary. So there are deep-seated beliefs about why they fought the way they fought,” Sessions said. “But we have to get to a point where this is now holding back a Republican majority.”

“And secondly, whether it would just leave our majority without the strength and power it would take to move laws and feel comfortable, instead of treating this like it’s the Senate, where leaders talk to everyone every day person to clarify where your word could change every day,” the Texas Republican continued.

“And that is a dangerous path for us. So now we’re entering what I would call a conversation, from a conversation that’s solvable to a conversation that’s very difficult,” he added.

Sessions, a veteran lawmaker, said the House arrest has “immediate consequences” for the chamber’s operations: staffers cannot be paid, new and returning members cannot be hired, and “anyone who has a real official title , diminishes” or “duty.”

Sessions is behind House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in the running and said so "there was a lot of substance" amid negotiations, including "a discussion of campaigning activities in which Mr. McCarthy was engaged against other members of the conference."

Sessions is trailing behind House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, saying that “much substance emerged” from the negotiations, including “a discussion of campaign activity involving Mr. McCarthy against other members of the conference.”
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“This just simply delays our ability to be prepared for President Biden next week when he shows up at the border so we can tell our story effectively, not just the President of the United States,” he said. “So there are important reasons why we need to break this impasse.”

The former House Rules Committee chairman also said the holdouts wouldn’t target McCarthy just with her votes for other candidates and that “it’s one thing to negotiate, to be on a committee, to have a say and those available see options.”

“It’s another to take power away from a majority,” Sessions said. “And of course, this is not only aimed directly at the speaker, but also at the rules chairman.”

“When I was Chair of the House Rules Committee, we needed to be able to have that power to push not just legislation but ideas, without it taking weeks,” he continued. “And as of this writing, it looks like we’re going to be moving forward that way with every single voice that gets heard.”

“And if you have a rules vote, if you have procedural votes, if you have the bill, if you have a procedural vote in between, it can take two weeks to go through what a normal bill would take two or three days to do. And that obviously slows down the progress of the majority. So I would be against it.”

Rep. Elect Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was a key player in the holdouts against McCarthy's speakership bid.

Rep. Elect Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., was a key player in the holdouts against McCarthy’s speakership bid.
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The Texas congressman-elect blasted Democrats for “enjoying” discord in the House of Representatives, but noted “it just gives them a chance to think about their agenda,” such as “abortion-on-demand” and ” to ensure our schools the power is taken away from the parents.”

He also said he knows both sides of the situation and that the two-week tally to determine chamber control and the autumn and winter holidays made it difficult to negotiate before the term begins.

“I know both sides well in these negotiations, and these things happen because we didn’t know who the majority party was going to be until about two weeks after the election. And so that, combined with what would be Thanksgiving and Christmas, delayed the actual negotiations where members could get together and have a chance not only to talk but to hear from people like Mr. McCarthy or from other people who have ideas. And that’s how we’re going to do it now that we’re taking over the majority.

Sessions added that Republicans on both sides of the speaker’s battle “want America to address its issues” and the GOP wants “a majority to do so,” but “it’s a little harder to get there.”

“I still have faith and confidence that we can do this, but that window is closing because it’s something that’s seen positively and we have to move on with that,” Sessions said.

The sessions’ comments come as the House continues to vote to choose its speaker.

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The House of Representatives has voted for three days to determine who will hold the gavel, but the Congressional rose ceremony has borne its thorns as McCarthy tries to secure the speakership.

Twenty-one Republican holdouts did not vote for McCarthy on the multiple ballots, and have become more firmly established with each successive vote.

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