Kinzinger: McCarthy’s ‘Commitment’ Agenda Is Paean To MAGA

After House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy unveiled his vision for a GOP-led House, Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger called the plan "an opportunity squandered" because instead presenting good policy McCarthy chose instead to “bow” to the “MAGA” wing of the party for political gain.
From left, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., staff counsel Dan George, Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., staff counsel Candyce Phoenix, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., and Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., sit on the dais as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 12, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

At a glance

  • McCarthy is expected to be the next House speaker after the November midterm elections.
  • The California Republican unveiled the plan Thursday, then publicly announced it Friday in western Pennsylvania with a group of fellow House Republicans including conservative firebrand and MAGA stalwart Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene.
  • “Kevin McCarthy, who is supposed to be the leader of the Republican Party, is instead being led by a conspiracy theorist masquerading as a member of Congress,” Kinzinger said in a Twitter video, referring to Greene, a Georgia Republican.
  • Kinzinger voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and is among the most outspoken critics of the former president and his supporters.

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