Gaetz Pulls A Shocker As He Gets McCarthy Wish

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) finally got his wish on Tuesday when his motion to remove Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from Office passed the house in a 216-210 vote.

Gaetz’s motion to remove McCarthy from the office of the Speaker of the House succeeded in a House vote with eight House Republicans voting with the Democrats. 

House Republicans who voted with House Democrats to oust McCarthy include Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Ken Buck (R-CO), Tim Burchett (R-TN), Eli Crane (R-AZ), Bob Good (R-VA), Nancy Mace (R-SC), Matt Rosendale (R-MT), and Gaetz who tabled the motion. 

Gaetz filed the motion to oust McCarthy as speaker, arguing that the California lawmaker has failed to fulfill any of the promises he made when he was trying to secure the speaker vote in January. 

“Kevin McCarthy agreed to a rule that we would have 72 hours to read legislation. He blew past that. Kevin McCarthy agreed to a rule that we would not put anything over a hundred million dollars on the suspension agenda so that it couldn’t be amended. He blew past that. Kevin McCarthy agreed to the Hastert rule —which is that you would never use the Democrats to roll a majority of the majority. On the last Ukraine supplemental, 101 Republicans voted for it.117 Republicans voted against it… I’m pointing to specific things that Kevin agreed to that he hasn’t complied with,” Gaetz said.

Chairman House Judiciary Committee Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), in an impassioned House speech, argued for McCarthy to stay on as Speaker. Jordan maintained that McCarthy has kept all his promises and passed all the bills that Republicans wanted.

“On January 3rd we said the 118th Congress is about three things, pass the bills that need pass, do the oversight work that needs to be done and stop the inevitable omnibus that comes from the United States Senate right before the holidays,” Jordan said. “Kevin McCarthy has been rock solid on all three. We have passed the bills we told the American people we would pass… I think the speaker has kept his word. I know my friends and colleagues are saying differently. He has kept his word and I think we should keep him as speaker.”