(RoyalPatriot.com )- In a tweet on Thursday that invoked the late President Ronald Reagan, the leader of the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives appeared to allude to a potential agreement to pick the next speaker.
Republican Representative Scott Perry reaffirmed that he could not accept “the status quo” as the GOP majority again failed to elect a speaker on Thursday. Perry has previously opposed Representative Kevin McCarthy’s quest for speaker.
Due to resistance from within his party, including some members of the right-wing Freedom Caucus, the most conservative group inside the House Republican Conference, McCarthy failed to secure the requisite majority in 11 votes over three days.
We’ve reached a Reagan moment: “Trust but verify,” tweeted Perry. “Since the devil is in the details, we’ll take our time to make sure everything is ideal rather than convenient. The current quo has to change in some way.”
When referring to U.S. relations with the former Soviet Union, former President Reagan frequently employed the adage “trust but verify.” However, the Reagan administration reached an agreement with the Soviet Union’s leadership during the late Mikhail Gorbachev’s presidency.
On December 8, 1987, as the two countries signed a pact to reduce the number of their nuclear arsenals, Reagan invoked the phrase, a Russian maxim.
It’s unclear whether Perry referred to a compromise in which McCarthy would resign as speaker in exchange for concessions or a potential agreement with the GOP majority.
Former President Donald Trump “has to tell Kevin McCarthy that, sir, you do not have the votes, and it’s time to withdraw,” according to Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert, a member of the Freedom Caucus, who has urged on McCarthy to abandon his candidacy for the speakership.
McCarthy’s opponents, some of whom are not Freedom Caucus members, are not all unified in their hostility to the Californian.
McCarthy has received the unwavering backing of Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who declared on Wednesday that she was “furious” with her colleagues for continuing to reject his candidacy.
Earlier Thursday, Perry tweeted that no agreement had been reached: “NO DEAL HAS BEEN DONE. It’s increasingly harder to trust when secrets are revealed and leaks are targeted. Fully unsatisfied I’m not going to accept the way things are.”
On Friday’s 11th ballot, McCarthy received 200 votes, Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries received all 212 of his party’s votes, Republican Representative Byron Donalds received 12, Representative Kevin Hern received votes from seven Republicans, Former President Donald Trump received one vote, one Republican voted “present,” and one Republican did not cast a ballot.
On Friday at noon, the House will reconvene and conduct a 12th vote. However, until a speaker is chosen, more may be required.