Ryan E.
January 7, 2023

Representative Gallagher: "I Don't Have Security Clearance"

There are many issues arising because of not having a Speaker of the House that weren't anticipated. Republican Mike Gallagher, a Republican from Wisconsin, is bringing up perhaps the most major of them all.

"I’m informed by House security that technically I don’t have a clearance."

Currently, Gallagher serves on the House Armed Services and Intel Committees and was appointed by Kevin McCarthy to "lead a new select committee on China that will work to address the United States’ reliance on and threats from the country." However, he's not able to get started on that right now. He doesn't have security clearance to do so. He won't until a Speaker of the House is elected:

"My point is, we have work to do that we can’t do right now. We’ve seen what happens over the last two years when deterrence fails, when weakness invites aggression." It makes sense that McCarthy would appoint his buddy Gallagher to important roles, Mike was one of the people so far who have stood up to nominate Kevin McCarthy.

Representative-elect John James, a Republican from Michigan, backed up Gallagher:

"We have a common vision to put service before self, and we can’t do that if there are people in our own conference who are putting self before service."

It remains unclear in regards as to when a selection for Speaker of the House is actually going to be reached.

McCarthy needs 218 votes to become the new Speaker.

Kevin was stalled at 201 on Tuesday and 203 on Wednesday.

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