House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) is calling on Representative-elect Jimmy Gomez (D., Calif.) to resign if he continues to wait to assume his House duties in order to vote on a California assembly cap-and-trade bill.
Gomez won the June 6 special election to replace former Rep. Xavier Becerra who resigned to become California attorney general in January. However, Gomez has put off his House swearing in ceremony for more than three weeks.
McCarthy on Wednesday accused Gomez of "neglecting his job" in order to remain in the California assembly to provide a two-thirds majority vote on a bill to extend the state's cap-and-trade program.
"They have already increased the gas tax on California citizens and now they want to increase it even higher?" McCarthy asked in an interview on Fox News Wednesday. "I think he is neglecting his job. Either he wants to be a member of Congress, or he should be honest with his constituents and we should elect somebody who wants to come here and work day one."