July. The House Republican Conference then announced that elections will be held on 19th June.
House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quickly drove potential conservative challengers out of the race. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), chairman of the Financial Services Committee, sounded out his colleagues for support and announced that he would not run. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) announced that he would run and then withdrew when he discovered he could not beat McCarthy. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) then announced that he would run so that conservatives at least had a candidate. Labrador is a solid conservative and clearly a potential future leader of his party in the House, but has little chance to defeat McCarthy. Of course, no one thought that Brat would beat Cantor.
Pre. McCarthy probably has more windmills in his California district than any other House member and has supported the federal wind production tax credit. Recognizing
that one of Brat’s top issues was his attacks on crony capit
alism, McCarthy in an interview with the Wall Street Journal indicated that, while he supports the wind
industry, he no longer supports the wind PTC.
If McCarthy is elected majority leader, then House Republicans will vote on a new chief whip. A leading candidate is the current chief deputy whip (an appointed position), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Like McCarthy, Roskam is a moderate, establishment Republican. The other candidates are Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the current chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), who was elected in 2010 with tea party support. It has been reported that Scalise has more commitments so far, but has not yet secured a majority. Members have been known not to keep their commitments in past leadership elections.
White House Dismisses Petition to Correct Holdren’s Junk
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has dismissed a petition for correction under the federal Information Quality Act of a two-minute video that OSTP director John Holdren made in January, in which he explains that the very cold winter was caused by global warming. In a letter dated 6th June to my CEI
colleague Hans Bader, assistant OSTP director Tamara Dickinson states that Holdren’s claims were an “expression of Dr. Holdren’s personal opinion and expert judgment.”
In other words, the White House is claiming that the ridiculous public musings of a crank working at the White House are not covered by the Information Quality Act. This is extremely worrying. President Barack Obama in an interview with Tom Friedman of the New York Times said this week that he gets frequent briefings from his top science advisor:
Every morning you get a security briefing from the intelligence community on global threats; do you now also get the same on environmental threats?