McCarthy steps into majority leader role during weekly colloquy

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the incoming majority leader, held his first floor colloquy to outline the week's schedule.

By tradition, the House majority leader and minority whip have a back-and-forth conversation on the floor at the end of each week to discuss the coming week's vote schedule.

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Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost his primary last month, will not officially step down until July 31. But McCarthy has been taking over Cantor's role during the transition period.

Cantor has also stopped attending the House GOP leadership's weekly press conferences. Instead, Majority Whip-elect Steve Scalise (R-La.) has already been appearing alongside McCarthy, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.).

McCarthy announced that the House will consider three major items next week: legislation to replenish the Highway Trust Fund through May 2015, a reauthorization of terrorism risk insurance and the fiscal 2015 Financial Services appropriations bill.

The Financial Services bill will likely be the seventh fiscal 2015 appropriations measure to pass in the House this year. Five other appropriations bills remain.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked whether more appropriations bills would hit the floor before August, such as the controversial Labor-Health and Human Services measure.

McCarthy said only, "I will keep you notified as we continue through."

Hoyer also asked if McCarthy would consider bringing comprehensive immigration reform to the floor. 

The California Republican only indicated that the Obama administration's spending request to address the influx of child migrants crossing the border could receive action this month.

"I do not anticipate that coming up next week, but as we look toward the remainder of July we will keep members posted," McCarthy said.