Hours after Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stunned the nation and withdrew his bid to replace John A. Boehner as speaker, Rep. Dave Brat said Congress is not in crisis, assuring Virginia voters that a speaker will tackle a November debt ceiling debate and a potential December government shutdown.
“Today’s announcement was just one of three people running," Brat said in an interview with NBC12 Thursday. "So this press narrative that we’re in crisis is false. The Speaker set a date a little too early, we have until the end of the month. There’s no crisis."
Brat is an integral part of the conversation, more than a year after ousting former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Following the David vs. Goliath primary in June 2014, McCarthy replaced Cantor as majority leader.
The freshman congressman from Virginia's 7th District was also one of nearly 40 Republicans who threw their support behind popular Florida Rep. Daniel Webster this week.
The break was a critical reason factoring into McCarthy's decision, which avoided the risk of facing an embarrassing defeat on the House floor.
Brat continued to voice support for Webster late Thursday, as word spread that Boehner personally asked Rep. Paul Ryan to step into the race.
“[Webster] ran the Florida House on a principle-based process instead of a power-based process,” Brat said. “Their approval rating went from 20 percent to 60 percent with the people… I’d love to see the U.S. Congress go from 10 percent to 60 percent.”
Brat also voiced frustration concerning Boehner's tenure, adding that in his view, the next speaker should be more inclusive.
“It can’t be five people in a back room deciding what happens to the budget," Brat said. "That’s not the democratic process.”
“153 Republicans voted against our own Republican leadership budget bill. That’s a problem when you have a small number of Republicans and then you have to get Democrats to pass your Republican bill, when you own the House and the Senate.”