On Tuesday, CNN's Melanie Zanona reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) privately told his caucus not to retaliate against the 13 House Republicans who voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, better known as the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
According to Zanona, McCarthy also addressed his own inaction on the anime kill fantasy tweet against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) posted by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), saying that he had asked Gosar to take down the video.
NEW: During a closed door party meeting, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urged Republicans to stick together as some in the conference vow retaliation against the 13 Rs who voted for infrastructure, saying now isn\u2019t the time to go after fellow members, per sources in room.— Melanie Zanona (@Melanie Zanona) 1637073796
Nineteen Senate Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), backed the infrastructure bill. However, McCarthy took a different view, urging his caucus to oppose it in order to tank Democrats' two-track strategy that will also pass a broad overhaul of the social safety net known as the Build Back Better Act.
Despite the orders from GOP leadership, more than a dozen Republicans, including several from New York and New Jersey, backed the measure.
Some far-right rank and file Republicans, including Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), have pushed for the caucus to strip these 13 Republicans of their committee assignments, with Greene going so far as to post the phone numbers of the lawmakers so her supporters could bombard them with aggressive and violent messages.