One Member who is supporting Scalise said there has been some dissatisfaction with the internal squabbles in the GOP this Congress, including the battle over whether to pass a budget with a lower figure than the Budget Control Act number agreed to last year by House and Senate leaders.
“There’s some concern among some Members about the direction the RSC has gone. They want someone who is a proven conservative, a fighter, but at the end of the day goes along with leadership,” the Member said. “If there’s an RSC position and a still-conservative but somewhat less conservative Conference position, don’t have the RSC actively undercutting the leadership position.”
Members will vote by secret ballot on the afternoon of Nov. 15 at a one- to two-hour long Members-only lunch meeting, according to an email announcement obtained by Roll Call. Only Members and Members-elect who have submitted signed RSC membership forms can vote.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.