LCV Statement on Kevin McCarthy’s Chaotic Election to House Speaker

Contact: Emily Samsel, esamsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. – In response to the extremely slim House Republican majority finally electing Kevin McCarthy to serve as Speaker of the House during the 118th Congress, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld:

“The absurdly chaotic Speakership election process and the concessions made to the most extreme members of the MAGA Republican caucus are a clear indication that the new House majority is ill-equipped to lead. In addition, Kevin McCarthy is one of the most anti-environment, pro-polluter members of Congress, and House Republicans’ election of him as Speaker further demonstrates how out of step the GOP is with the majority of voters who support climate action and affordable clean energy. In stark contrast, House Democrats are united and eager to fight for popular action on climate, environmental justice, democracy and more and to block the House Republicans’ dirty pro-polluter agenda.”

Below are the lifetime LCV scores of the new House Republican leadership and the lifetime LCV scores of the new House Democratic leadership.

Member Party District 118th Congress Leadership Role Lifetime Score
Kevin McCarthy R CA-23 Speaker of the House 4%
Steve Scalise R LA-1 Majority Leader 4%
Tom Emmer R MN-6 Majority Whip 5%
Elise Stefanik R NY-21 Republican Conference Chair 35%

 

Member Party District 118th Congress Leadership Role Lifetime Score
Hakeem Jeffries D NY-8 Democratic Leader 96%
Katherine Clark D MA-5 Democratic Whip 96%
Pete Aguilar D CA-31 Democratic Conference Chair 97%
James Clyburn D SC-6 Assistant Democratic Leader 86%
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