Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz gas confirmed that radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Democrats he describes as “populists on the Left” backed his new House rules.
Speaking during a new interview on MSNBC, Gaetz revealed that AOC supported the House rules package he fought for.
“What do you think you or the Republican caucus are now achieving under these new rules?” host Ari Melber asked Gaetz.
Gaetz said: “These new rules will last long past my time in Congress or Kevin McCarthy’s as speaker, and they democratize the process so that individual members can offer amendments, can target spending for reductions.
“It was even Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that went on Alex Wagner’s program during this balloting and said that a lot of the things that we were fighting for as conservative populists were supported by populists on the left because it didn’t concentrate so much power in the hands of the speaker and the leadership.
“I think that will vindicate the service of all 435 members.”
“Let’s take a look at some of the rules.
“As you mentioned, a single member, instead of a larger group, can force a kind of ‘no confidence’ vote, a longer time to read the bills, others up on the screen.
“Thus far, do you feel that McCarthy is following all of this?
“And do you expect there to be a potential ‘no confidence’ vote in his tenure or that’s probably off the table now?”
“I don’t expect it, though, of course, it is good for the health of the institution for any speaker to know that one member could call for a vote on their reign in power.
“I’m particularly pleased that Kevin McCarthy has been meeting his commitments on policy, on procedure, and on personnel.
“We’ve got a number of great conservatives now on the Rules Committee and on the Appropriations Committee that wouldn’t have had that opportunity, but for this temporary clash at the beginning of the year, I think we’re a stronger team now going forward.
“And I think we’ve given Kevin McCarthy every reason to be the very best version of himself,” he said.