Washington (CNN)Less than a week after Rep. Liz Cheney was ousted from her leadership position for her opposition to Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, House Republicans are mired in yet another fight over Trump — this time whether to move forward with a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
On Tuesday morning, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced he would vote against a bill to establish a January 6 commission, despite giving his blessing to Rep. John Katko to negotiate with Democrats to craft a compromise deal. The House could vote on the bill as early as Wednesday.
In a closed-door conference meeting Tuesday morning, McCarthy argued against the deal Katko had negotiated on behalf of House Republicans, one that contains a number of concessions to GOP demands. Instead, McCarthy called for a broader probe that examines additional instances of political violence, including the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting that wounded Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, currently the No. 2 House Republican.
Speaking to reporters after the conference meeting, Katko denied any hard feelings toward McCarthy. But people with knowledge of their relationship tell CNN that the episode has caused a fracture between the two.
“Kevin is furious and Katko is furious. Katko has stuck his neck out. He is doing the right thing, and he is getting a lot of heat for it,” said one Republican familiar with the situation.
McCarthy’s opposition immediately sowed doubt about whether the bill would even make it to the Senate floor for a vote.
“It’s a little more uncertain, I would say now,” Senate Republican Whip John Thune said Tuesday.
The Problem Solvers Caucus, a group of 29 Democratic and 29 Republican House lawmakers who include Katko, said in a news release late Tuesday that the group endorses the bill.
McCarthy’s announcement Tuesday morning came as a surprise to many members, but sources tell CNN the GOP leader became increasingly worri
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