Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., became the U.S. House Speaker when the GOP took the majority in the last election. But choosing him was not the first option for a number of stalwart conservatives who wanted Congress to fly closer to the Constitution.
So he cut a number of behind-the-scenes deals in order to gain their support.
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But now the promises he made are being called out.
In fact, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has blasted McCarthy for not living up to his promises.
On this very floor in January, the whole world witnessed a historic contest for House Speaker.
I rise today to serve notice. Mr. Speaker, you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role. The path forward for the House of Representatives is to… pic.twitter.com/1IFsrmT8KK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 12, 2023
According to a report from Real Clear Politics, Gaetz put McCarthy “on notice that he is ‘out of compliance’” with the January deal that put McCarthy in the speaker’s office.
Gaetz said, “On this very floor in January, the whole world witnessed a historic contest for House Speaker. I rise today to serve notice. Mr. Speaker, you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role.”
He insisted the House deserves a vote on a balanced budget, there should be full release of the January 6 tapes, there’s been insufficient accountability for the “Biden crime family” and he gave Biden too much in the budgetary process.
Gaetz said the alternative is a motion to vacate the chair – a direct challenge to McCarthy.
“Mr. Speaker, you boasted in January that we would use the power of the subpoena and the power of the purse. But here we are eight months later and we haven’t even sent the first subpoena to Hunter Biden.”
Gaetz then addressed the “power of the purse.”
“The only thing the 118th Congress is known for at this point is electing Kevin McCarthy speaker and underwriting Biden’s debt and unfortunately, there’s only one of those things we can remediate at this time.”
He said a looming vote for a budgetary continuing resolution would just keep giving Biden Green New Deal money.
“Mr. Speaker, we told you how to use the power of the purse. Individual, single-subject spending bills that would allow us to have specific review, programmatic analysis, and would allow us to zero out the salaries of the bureaucrats who have broken bad, targeted President Trump, or cut sweetheart deals for Hunter Biden,” he charged.
He added that Congress is facing a Sept. 30 deadline for the budget.
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“I must be better. You must be better. And this House must be better, for it is the last best hope for tens of millions of Republicans. We demand real oversight against this weaponized government. Just look at the bribery. If tens of millions of dollars flowing from foreign corrupt people into the bank accounts of the Biden family wasn’t enough for actual impeachment, why were we even looking? Joe Biden deserves impeachment for converting the vice presidency into an ATM machine for virtually his entire family. We all see it, we all know it. ”
McCarthy did call on Tuesday for an impeachment inquiry, but Gaetz said that was jut a “baby step.”
He said he doesn’t know if votes would succeed. But he said “at least if we take votes, the American people get to see who is fighting for them and who is willing to tolerate more corruption and business as usual.”
He said, “I know that Washington isn’t a town where people are known for keeping their word. Well, Speaker McCarthy, I’m here to hold you to yours.”
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