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U.S. Speaker of the House Changes: What It Could Mean for You

WASHINGTON, D.C— With the announcement of John Boehner’s resignation, lawmakers are saying who they think would be a fine replacement for Speaker of the House. 

Mississippi Congressman in D.C. Gregg Harper says he’s sure of one candidate’s ability to get the job done.

“There’s a ninety-eight, maybe even ninety-nine percent probability that Kevin McCarthy of California is going to be the next speaker of the house,” says Harper.

So what does this mean for you? Harper says McCarthy, even though he hails from the West Coast, has worked in the past on projects that would better healthcare in Mississippi.

“He spoke at an event in Madison County,” says Harper, “and he also came with me at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to promote some telehealth and telemedicine issues that we’ve got some pretty big bills on.”

One of McCarthy’s staffers is from Madison. But aside from his ties to Mississippi, Harper says McCarthy’s conservative values would bring a lot into Congress, but that a Republican president would also be necessary.

As far as Mississippi’s other congressmen, Harper says that the speaker of the house changing should not impact their work.

“The committee structure, committee assignments should stay the same,” says Harper, “the leadership races are not going to really impact that.”


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