Speaker of the House McCarthy Fired!
by Shari Dovale
Oct. 3, 2023
For the first time in US history, the Speaker of the House has been fired from that position.
And it was well deserved.
When he was installed in January, it took 15 rounds of voting across four days for Kevin McCarthy to secure the support he needed to win the gavel. He made multiple concessions in order to garner the support required.
1. Only one House member needed to file a motion to “vacate the chair”
2. Freedom Caucus members having a few seats on the House Rules Committee that will allow those members to leverage certain criteria behind voting for bills.
3. Voting on a bill setting term limits for members of Congress
4. Individual votes on each of the 12 appropriations bills and excluding earmarks from such bills
5. A vote on legislation surrounding border security
6. 72-hour notice from release of legislation before voting on it
7. A vote on a balanced budget amendment
Government Funding Bill
The Continuing Resolution (CR) was the final straw.
The conservatives in the House demanded border policies and spending cuts be incorporated within the government funding bill, which McCarthy refused to include.
The bill was brought to the floor Saturday, with McCarthy expecting, and receiving, the Democrats help in passing. Funding for Ukraine was not included in the bill, though House Republicans folded on demands for sharp spending cuts. This bill will fund the government for the next 45 days.
So far, Congress has approved about $113 billion in aid to Ukraine, according to calculations by the US State Department Office of Inspector General and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. That is more than any other country.
Support for Ukraine has shown a steep decline throughout America in recent months.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was the most vocal to speak out against Kevin McCarthy and his swampy governing. Amid the centrist Republicans and Rinos trying to bully him into sitting down and shutting up, Gaetz brought a resolution forward to vacate the position of Speaker … to fire McCarthy.
Though the swamp played games in their attempt to stop the vote, including not allowing Gaetz to present his case on the Republican side of the House and forcing him to speak in front of the Democrats, the people were victorious through Gaetz. The vote finalized at 216-210 to oust McCarthy.
These are the Republicans who voted to oust McCarthy
The vote in the House of Representatives on the motion to vacate was 216-210 with eight Republicans voting to remove Kevin McCarthy from the speakership.
The GOP members were:
- Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona
- Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado
- Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee
- Rep. Eli Crane of Arizona
- Rep. Bob Good of Virginia
- Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina
- Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana
- Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida
We applaud the 8 real conservatives in the House that were brave enough to stand up for the people in this country. Americans want the swamp drained. This vote goes a long way in accomplishing that goal.
McCarthy had been cocky before the vote, posting on X/Twitter to “Bring It On”.
Bring it on.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) October 2, 2023
But McCarthy is now chopping onions as he wails that this was a personal attack by Gaetz. If that were the case, then how did Gaetz get a majority of the House to support him? He is not the most popular representative in the chamber, to be sure.
Maybe McCarthy should have called for mail-in ballots for this vote?
It has been reported that, though many are trying to get him put back into place as speaker, McCarthy will not run again for the position.
“I don’t think voting against Kevin McCarthy is chaos,” Gaetz said when the motion was debated on the floor. “I think $33 trillion in debt is chaos.”