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

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump keeps tight grip on GOP GOP lawmakers: House leaders already jockeying for leadership contests House Republicans find silver lining in minority MORE (R-La.) threw his support behind Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikThe 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 13 House Republicans who bucked Trump on emergency declaration House votes to overturn Trump's emergency declaration 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 EmmerSchultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid Elise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 GOP maps out early 2020 strategy to retake House 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.