Newly elected majority leader Kevin McCarthy favors immigration reform, as does Speaker John Boehner. And while I don’t want to put words in anyone’s mouth, it sounds like Scalise will oppose that policy as majority whip.
He also may be very tough on upcoming appropriations bills. Scalise told me he had voted against the compromise budget deal put together by Republican congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. What’s more, expect him to vote against reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank and any expansions for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
In any event, Scalise’s rapid rise to power is making him a star. He is going to be a force. And as a representative of the Southern House Republicans and the Republican Study Committee, he is going to steer a conservative course that will move the center of gravity for the GOP House leadership at least a bit to the right.
To reference Quin Hillyer once more, Scalise also knows how to be a conservative “without being mad about it.” From my numerous interviews with him, I completely agree.
So besides sticking to his conservative principles, Scalise is likely to be an effective whip as well. In other words, Mr. Scalise’s upward path is nowhere near over.
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