Rep. Matt Gaetz Follows Through On Threat To Oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Files Motion To Vacate

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(Townhall) After teasing about a plan to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) went through with his plan on Monday night to relieve McCarthy of his gavel. While we managed to avoid a government shutdown, McCarthy did so with a “clean” short-term bill, with votes from Democrats, that will fund the government for 45-days, prompting Gaetz to follow through with such a plan to vacate the chair. Gaetz posted a clip of him doing so from his official account.


“A vote on the motion to vacate the chair will have to be brought up within two legislative days. But it is likely that the House, rather than voting on the resolution itself, would first vote on some mechanism to kill or delay it, such as voting to table the resolution,” a report from The Hill noted.

Both McCarthy and Gaetz had been on the Sunday shows during which they were each asked about the feud over funding the government. Gaetz previewed on CNN’s “State of the Union” it would take place “this week.”

Meanwhile, on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” McCarthy, who was asked about it as his first question, was confident he’d survive the vote. “Yes, I’ll survive. You know this is personal with Matt. Matt voted against the most conservative ability to protect our border, secure our border. He’s more interested in securing TV interviews than doing something, he wanted to push us into a shutdown, even threatening his own district with all the military people there who would not be paid only because he wants to take this motion,” he told host Margaret Brennan. “So be it, bring it on. Let’s get over with it and let’s start governing. If he’s upset because he tried to push us in a shutdown and I made sure government didn’t shut down, then let’s have that fight.”

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