Florida rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL) just said in an interview that he plans to have a vote this week to try and remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House.
Gaetz appeared in a number of interviews on Sunday to reiterate his plan to oust McCarthy from power as he clubbed the Speaker and the majority of Congressional Republicans in with the Democrats. Gaetz talked about his plans in interviews with ABC as well as CNN.
Gaetz accused the House leader of working with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown on Saturday. He said he intends to file a motion to vacate this week, which would force a vote on whether McCarthy will keep his job.
“Speaker McCarthy made an agreement with House conservatives in January and since then he’s been in brazen, repeated material breach of that agreement,” Gaetz said Sunday. “This agreement that he made with Democrats to really blow past a lot of the spending guardrails we set up is a last straw.”
“I do intend to file a motion to vacate against Speaker McCarthy this week. I think we need to rip off the Band-Aid. I think we need to move on with new leadership that will be trustworthy,” he added.
McCarthy’s response to Gaetz was to tell the Floridian lawmaker to “bring it on.”
“That’s nothing new,” McCarthy said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Yes, I’ll survive. You know, this is personal with Matt. Matt voted against the most conservative ability to protect our border, secure our border. He’s more interested in securing TV interviews than doing something. So be it, bring it on. Let’s get over with it and let’s start governing.”