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Kevin McCarthy tested as he begins tenure as House majority leader
Kevin McCarthy tested as he begins tenure as House majority leader

Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield faced an immediate test as his ascension to House majority leader became official Thursday, as he and other Republican leaders struggled to build support for their bill to provide emergency funds for the immigration crisis on the southern border. The ominous start to McCarthy's tenure as the No. 2 House Republican was not lost on many in the Capitol. The plan had been for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, the Republican Conference chairwoman, to notify the House clerk of the leadership change after the final scheduled vote Thursday, when most lawmakers would have been present in the House chamber. Instead, the chamber was nearly empty when...

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