Several House Republican members of the Freedom Caucus have revolted against Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) over his Debt ceiling deal with Democrat President Joe Biden.
Republicans have been outraged that McCarthy struck a deal with the Biden White House to raise the debt ceiling last month.
Twelve Republicans voted with the Democrats to defeat the GOP’s attempt to bring four bills to the House floor.
The bills were related to gas stoves and regulatory reform.
This is the first time a House rule vote has been defeated since November 2002.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said: “Today, we took down the rule because we’re frustrated at the way this place is operating.
“We took a stand in January to end the era of the imperial speakership.
“We’re concerned that the fundamental commitments that allowed Kevin McCarthy to assume the speakership have been violated as a consequence of the debt limit deal.”
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) said:
“We warned them not to cut that deal without coming down and sit down and talk to us.
“So this is all about restoring a process that will fundamentally change things back to what was working.”
As to McCarthy’s future as speaker, Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) said:
“I think he should be concerned.
“I’m not suggesting the votes are there to remove the speaker, but the speaker promised that we would operate at 2022 appropriations levels when he got the support to be the speaker.
“He’s now changed that to 2023 levels plus one percent.”
These House Republicans just BLEW UP Kevin McCarthy’s rule & humiliated him on the House floor.
Disastrous debt ceiling deals have consequences… pic.twitter.com/5j1jQ49uHi
— Citizens for Renewing America (@amrenewcitizen) June 6, 2023
Group of 11 conservative House members take rare step of joining all Democrats to block a pair of GOP bills to protect gas stoves to express their anger over the debt deal cut by Speaker McCarthy and President Biden. https://t.co/ASp9GgAU6L
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 6, 2023
The lawmakers who joined Gaetz include:
- Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ)
- Dan Bishop (R-NC)
- Lauren Boebert (R-CO)
- Ken Buck (R-CO)
- Tim Burchett (R-TN)
- Eli Crane (R-AZ)
- Bob Good (R-VA)
- Ralph Norman (R-SC)
- Matt Rosendale (R-MT)
- Chip Roy (R-TX)