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35 views • October 2, 2023

Gaetz Says He Will Move to Oust McCarthy From House Speakership

Capitol Report
Capitol Report
In the aftermath of a short-term funding bill to keep the federal government open, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said on Sunday he will file a motion to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his post sometime this week. "We need to rip off the Bandaid. We need to move on with new leadership that can be trustworthy," Mr. Gaetz said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." Mr. Gaetz's commitment comes after the Mr. McCarthy pushed the funding bill—referred to as a continuing resolution—through the House with the help of Democrats. This measure, which some Republican hardliners argued was the "clean" bill Democrats wanted, would keep the government funded at current levels for another 45 days, while including $16 billion for federal disaster assistance, as had been requested by the White House. The bill cleared the lower chamber with in a 335–91 vote on Saturday afternoon, ultimately drawing more support from Democrats than Republicans. Just one Democrat, Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, casted a "nay" vote, while 209 Democrats joining 126 Republicans in support of the measure. It was then approved by the Senate with a 88–9 margin and signed into law by President Joe Biden about three hours before a midnight deadline.
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