Scalise backs Stefanik's push to help GOP women in primaries

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScalisePelosi pulls vote on FISA bill after Trump veto threat Hillicon Valley: House FISA bill in jeopardy | Democrats drop controversial surveillance measure | GOP working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections Blue Dogs call for bipartisan investigation into China's handling of coronavirus MORE (R-La.) threw his support behind Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikBipartisan House bill seeks to improve pandemic preparedness The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga says supporting small business single most important thing we should do now; Teva's Brendan O'Grady says U.S. should stockpile strategic reserve in drugs like Strategic Oil Reserve House GOP to launch China probes beyond COVID-19 MORE's (R-N.Y.) push to help more Republican women win their primary races on Friday.

"Thank you for leading on this @EliseStefanik. We need more talented women like you in Congress. I’m proud to support your efforts," he tweeted in response to the New York Republican warning the number of female GOP lawmakers in the House has reached “crisis levels.”

Just 13 Republican women are slated to serve in the lower chamber in the 116th Congress, down from 23.


Scalise’s comments come after Stefanik blasted Rep. Tom EmmerThomas (Tom) Earl EmmerHouse Republicans voice optimism on winning back the House following special election victories GOP pulls support from California House candidate over 'unacceptable' social media posts Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-Minn.), the newly elected chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), for his remarks to Roll Call saying he believed it would be a “mistake” for her to intervene in primaries.

“NEWSFLASH... I wasn’t asking for permission,” Stefanik, who helped lead candidate recruitment efforts for the NRCC this cycle, tweeted earlier this week.

An Emmer aide said he and Stefanik are in communication and on the same page. The Minnesota Republican said the NRCC is developing a program to help get more women elected and wants input from women in the conference. He and Stefanik have discussed conducting a meeting with female GOP lawmakers to discuss the party’s strategy for the 2020 election cycle.

“It’s a major priority for my boss to get more Elise Stefaniks, more Liz Cheneys into Congress,” the aide told The Hill. “He will get input directly from GOP women in devising the best strategy to do that.”

Unlike the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRCC does not weigh in on primaries.