WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement announcing his support of Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) for Speaker of the House.
“The country and the world need a functioning Congress. We must be capable of responding to national and international crisis, and we have an obligation to elect a Speaker. None of our priorities can move forward without a Speaker – forcing significant reductions in federal spending, restoring law and order at the southern border, moving deeper into impeachment investigations, and responding to the atrocities committed against Israel.
“Both Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise are dear friends, and I’m the only individual in the Louisiana Delegation who is a core member of the House Freedom Caucus. My support for Steve is not opposition to Jim. However, we have an urgent duty to perform as a body. We must unify behind our Party’s nominee for Speaker of the House and return to serious legislative business.
“Steve was chosen as our nominee by a majority vote of the House Republican Conference. I voted for Steve in Conference, and I will stand with him on the House floor. Steve Scalise is one of the toughest men I know. He’s the leader of our Louisiana Delegation, and I have worked with him for the past seven years to advance Conservative values and deliver wins for our state. Steve has my support, and I urge my colleagues to rally behind him as the next Speaker of the House.”