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Fred Upton: Slim House majority could cause GOP problems after midterms

Earlier this month, Upton chose to retire rather than seek re-election after the redistricting. He was among a small group of House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump in January 2021 and who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure package later that year.

Upton said if Republicans only get a narrow majority, it would give additional leverage to incendiary members like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) that could complicate leaders’ ability to muster votes on key issues such as raising the debt ceiling.

“That’s why this top/bottom number is so important. Are we going to be above or below 230? If it’s less than 230… It’s going to be very difficult for Republicans to govern if we have less than 230, knowing that we have the MTG element that is really not part of a governing majority,” said Upton, who was first elected in 1986. .

A party needs 218 votes to form a majority in the House. Democrats currently have 221 members.

Upton acknowledged that some of those representatives who gave Republicans headaches in Washington are still popular in their home districts.

He also expressed concern about the crudeness of US politics in recent years, saying it deters quality candidates from pursuing public office. Upton said he faced death threats after his vote for the infrastructure package.

“It puts you in danger, especially when they’re not just threatening you… but when they’re threatening your spouse or your kids or whatever, that’s what makes it really scary,” said he declared.

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