In an email to House Republicans circulated on Monday night, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) blasted House leadership overs its plan to temporarily fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown, even though that means funding Planned Parenthood.
He began his message by quoting actor Will Rogers: “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”
Mullin, who is considering a run for House majority whip, then railed against House leadership for relying on a temporary spending bill at the last minute in order to avert a federal government shutdown.
“House Republican leadership is going to ask for your vote on a continuing resolution (CR) likely in the next 24 hours. This funding bill skipped regular order and was shoved down our throats at the eleventh hour even though we all knew this was coming in June,” he wrote. “And you know what? This is a prime example of what is wrong with our Conference.”
“Tonight, I sat through a whip briefing – 48 hours from the expiration of our current funding resolution – and the conversation did not even come up. This is the team tasked with strategizing and executing our Conference’s plan. And the plan did not come up once,” he continued.
Mullin called for a leadership change in the House Republican conference, saying that he is “fed up” with the status quo.
“Sure, I am fed up. The American people are fed up. Until we use this change of command to hire leaders instead of promoting them based on longevity like they handle things at the EPA across town at 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, our country will stay fed up,” he said.
Current Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has announced that he will run for majority leader. In addition to Mullin, other candidates for the whip post include Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Scalise’s chief deputy whip, Deputy Whip Dennis Ross (R-FL), and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).
H/t Joel Gehrke