WASHINGTON D.C., DC — There is no work going on in the U.S. House right now because Republicans are still arguing over who will be the next Speaker. The most recent candidate, Congressman Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana), dropped out because he couldn’t get the 217 votes he needed to win on the House floor. This makes it impossible to say how long the Speakership race will last.
Beth Van Duyne, a Republican from Irving, North Texas, says they don’t have time and she’s angry about it. “Let’s move on. Right now there’s too much on the table. You are looking at what is going on in Israel. You are seeing what is going on at our southern border. You’re looking at what’s going on with our money. Van Duyne told us on Inside Texas Politics that those things need to be fixed.
People in Van Duyne’s party have been trying for days to figure out how to bring the party together because they have a lot of work to do. She says that their differences with each other can be seen “across American dinner tables.” She also says that three or four people in their group can change their minds at any time about any nomination or bill.
“People get mad at Republicans because we don’t “hold it together” when we have a majority in the house.” But at the same time, we respect the few people who don’t work for the party. “That needs to go,” she said. Van Duyne says she was in Israel with her son last year in an area that was recently hit by the terrorist group Hamas. She also says that some of the most important things that need to be done right now are giving aid to Israel and making both home and abroad safer.
“It’s time for adults in the room to have good conversations.” So I could do my job, I ran for Congress. What a pain it is to be stuck here in the front row and not be able to move forward. “Those are talks we need to have,” the Republican said. “What are we doing to help Israel?” How can we stop what’s going on at our border from continuing? That’s the reason I won.” Another big problem that is coming up is how to keep the federal government supported. And Congress has had a hard time agreeing on this this year.
At that point, Van Duyne says it’s easy to say that the budget needs to be cut. It’s hard to choose where to go. “And over the next few weeks, we need to figure out where we are going to make those cuts.” “We don’t want to go back to the level of spending we had before the pandemic,” she told us. “Now is not the time for a distraction, and I believe we’ve been one for the last seven days.”