Matt Gaetz has formally submitted a Motion to Vacate the Chair targeting Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Conservatives had issued a warning that they would take action to remove McCarthy if he relied on Democratic votes, which he did on Saturday to push through a bill aimed at averting a government shutdown.
“Members of the Republican Party might vote differently on a motion to vacate if they heard what the speaker had to share with us about his secret side deal with Joe Biden on Ukraine. I’ll be listening. Stay tuned.”
“I hope my friends on the other side keep their word about support for Ukraine. They said they’re going to support Ukraine in a separate vote,” Biden said earlier.
“We cannot, under any circumstance, allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted.”
“There is no side deal, so I don’t know who is bringing that up,” McCarthy said.
“There is no side deal on Ukraine.”
The House will now vote on whether to keep McCarthy on as speaker, which should happen in the next 48 hours.
Gaetz said earlier:
“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.
“And I’m at peace with either result because the American people deserve to know who governs them.”
BREAKING: Rep. Matt Gaetz has officially filed the Motion to Vacate the Chair against Speaker Kevin McCarthy. pic.twitter.com/eszu0WBRjm
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) October 2, 2023
Bring it on.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) October 2, 2023