(ConcernedPatriot.com) – On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) successfully attempted to remove Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Roll call was used to conduct the vote in alphabetical order. McCarthy was removed with a vote of 216-210, according to reports.
Votes from Reps approved McCarthy’s removal. 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.
Here are the 8 House Republicans who voted to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker:
– Matt Gaetz (FL)
– Nancy Mace (SC)
– Andy Biggs (AZ)
– Matt Rosendale (MT)
– Eli Crane (AZ)
– Ken Buck (CO)
– Tim Burchett (TN)
– Bob Good (VA) pic.twitter.com/3YsOP6ZazQ
— Ian Jaeger (@IanJaeger29) October 3, 2023
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) moved to table Gaetz’s effort, and it was defeated in the House with the backing of ten House Republicans.
About his removal of McCarthy, Gaetz stated:
I take no lecture from those who would grovel and bend knee for the lobbyists and special interests who own our leadership, hollow out this town, and borrow against the future of our future generations.#MotionToVacate pic.twitter.com/PV52V5LVO2
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 3, 2023
Cole claimed that removing McCarthy would “throw us into chaos.”
McCarthy has been a “rock solid” leader in the House, according to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who also feels that he has fulfilled his word.
Rep. @Jim_Jordan: "We said the 118th Congress is about three things:
1. Pass the bills that need passed
2. Do the oversight work that needs to be done
3. Stop the omnibus that comes from the united States senate right before the holidays pic.twitter.com/hJy7ZKvazS
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) October 3, 2023
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) referred to McCarthy’s removal as “terrible.” He referred to it as a “referendum” on regular order, saying that “no one will try it again” if it doesn’t pass.
He continued that McCarthy “made the majority more fair and even,” which included appointing conservatives to the powerful Rules Committee.
.@RepThomasMassie: "[A]s the only still-serving co-author of the motion to vacate Speaker Boehner, I can tell you this motion to vacate is a terrible idea. As the only member…here who took every change to vote against…Boehner and…Ryan, I can tell you that this chamber has… pic.twitter.com/ACP5qfdytG
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 3, 2023
.@RepThomasMassie: "So, the 12 bills were delayed over what? $100 billion. That's a lot of money, but it's nothing compared to the $2 trillion that I came here to object to when Speaker Pelosi & President Trump pushed that…We have tried regular order…If regular order fails… pic.twitter.com/vibSdDhPmF
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 3, 2023
Lawmakers, according to Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), could either “get back to work” or act as “chaos agents.”
According to House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), McCarthy opened up the process and made it possible for members to be “more engaged” on the floor.
McCarthy ally Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) called Gaetz’s attempt to generate money from his move to remove McCarthy repugnant.
“It’s disgusting to use official actions to make money,” yelled Graves, prompting cries of “shame” from the Republican side.
McCarthy’s followers blocked the Republican microphones on the House floor, forcing Gaetz to address the chamber from the Democratic side during the debate on the resolution to remove McCarthy.
Gaetz initially threatened to use the motion to oust McCarthy following the speaker’s leadership in the House passing a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary spending package.
Even within House Republicans, the representative from Florida’s action is divisive because most of the House Freedom Caucus is against it.
McCarthy being escorted out 🤣
What comes to your mind when you see this? pic.twitter.com/PG5Y9qfA7v
— TONY™️ (@TONYxTWO) October 3, 2023
Rep. Dan Goldman (D-NY) informed his colleagues during the Democratic conference meeting that he had received a call instructing them to “get rid of” McCarthy from former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), a supporter of President Trump.
Before the vote to remove McCarthy, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) shook Gaetz’s hand on the House floor.
The House must pick a new speaker after McCarthy’s ouster until it selects a new leader. The House might choose to re-elect McCarthy as speaker.
Former President Donald Trump questioned why Republicans frequently get into internal arguments rather than concentrating on opposing the “Radical Left Democrats,” even if he refrained from commenting specifically on the House dispute.
“Why are Republicans constantly fighting among themselves, instead of taking on the radical left Democrats who are destroying our country?” he questioned.
Massie, the Republican who initially sponsored the resolution to remove then-Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), expressed his opposition to the decision and even warned that the removal of McCarthy would harm conservatives.
During a meeting of the House Republican Conference on Tuesday, Massie praised McCarthy, stating that he has been significantly more open than previous Republican speakers.
CNN’s Jake Tapper claimed on Sunday to have obtained “personal communications” from the lawmaker in which he blamed McCarthy for the inquiry into him by the Ethics Committee.
Tapper implied that the resentment towards McCarthy might not be about the House’s procedures but rather a personal grudge.
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