Kevin McCarthy Ousted as Speaker of the House

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks with members of the media following a meeting of the Republican House caucus.
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Kevin McCarthy Ousted as Speaker of the House

The United States House of Representatives will hold an election for a new speaker of the House today. Last week, eight Republicans joined 208 Democrats to oust Republican Kevin McCarthy from the speakership.

McCarthy held the office of speaker for only 269 days. In January, after four days and 15 rounds of voting, McCarthy was elected as speaker by the same margin he was ousted: 216 votes.

  • McCarthy had little Democratic support.
  • To gain the vote, McCarthy promised his fellow Republicans he would address certain stipulated issues, such as the border crisis and a harder position on federal funding.
  • Yet time and again, McCarthy failed to fulfill these promises.

Secret deal: On September 30, Congress prevented a government shutdown by passing a stopgap funding bill that extends federal government funding through November 17. The bill passed through the House with enormous bipartisan support. But this was only after it was agreed that $6 billion in Ukrainian aid would be scrapped.

The next day, October 1, when commenting on the funding bill, Joe Biden alluded to having made a separate, private deal with McCarthy about aid to Ukraine.

We cannot under any circumstances allow America’s support for Ukraine to be interrupted. I fully expect the speaker to keep his commitment to secure the passage and support needed to help Ukraine as they defend themselves against aggression and brutality.
—Joe Biden

When asked by a reporter if he could trust McCarthy with deals, Biden said, “We just made one about Ukraine, so we’ll find out.”

After learning about this, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz denounced McCarthy for colluding with Biden and demanded that McCarthy explain the “secret side deal.” McCarthy said there was no such deal.

The ouster: On Monday, October 3, Gaetz filed a motion to remove McCarthy as speaker. He admitted that he did not know if the motion would be successful because he did not have full support from House Republicans. It was also possible that not every Democratic representative would vote to remove McCarthy, effectively saving him from being ousted.

I have enough Republicans where at this point next week, one of two things will happen: Kevin McCarthy won’t be the speaker of the House or he’ll be the speaker of the House working at the pleasure of the Democrats.
—Matt Gaetz

McCarthy responded to Gaetz’s motion by saying, “I’ll survive. So be it. Bring it on. Let’s get over with it and let’s start governing.”

The Democrats did not save McCarthy. All 208 House Democrats, joined by Gaetz and seven other House Republicans, ousted McCarthy from the office of speaker.

Citizens agree: A cbs News poll from October 4 to 6 found that most Americans agreed with the motion to remove McCarthy. According to the poll, 60 percent of Americans supported McCarthy’s ouster, 75 percent of which said it was because he was ineffective.

House Republicans don’t: The Republican majority in Congress, however, got angry.

  • Some talked about kicking Gaetz out of Congress for his motion.
  • Many are calling the move a “rebellion” and “anti-Republican.”
  • Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused Gaetz of “destroying the House gop’s ability to govern.”

According to Gaetz, losing his seat in the House would be worth it. He told nbc in a Meet the Press interview:

[T]he voters of Florida’s First Congressional District sent me here with about 70 percent of the vote. So I think that anyone trying to kick me out of Congress because they didn’t like me would have a bone to pick with them. … I am here to fight for my constituents.

The uniparty: In the March issue of the Trumpet magazine, Trumpet Daily host Stephen Flurry warned about the dangers of a uniparty movement within the U.S. government. Hatred for Donald Trump has caused many Republicans to hold back on taking strong action in politics.

Perhaps the biggest political takeaway from the past seven years is that the real battle in America is not Democrats versus Republicans. These are basically two parts of the same Big Government “uniparty.” The real battle is the uniparty versus Donald Trump.
—Stephen Flurry

Learn more: The turmoil and bickering within the Republican Party has left only a few brave individuals to stand up for a conservative government. To learn more, read “Exposing the Uniparty.”