Gaetz tries to push out McCarthy after deal averts shutdown – latest

By Isaac M October 1, 2023

House votes to fund government for further 45 days

Matt Gaetz will offer a motion to vacate the chair in an attempt to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the far-right Florida Republican told CNN on Sunday morning.

This comes after MAGA Republicans were outraged by Mr McCarthy striking a deal with Democrats on Saturday to avert a government shutdown.

“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 can be trustworthy,” Mr Gaetz told CNN.

“Look, the one thing everybody has in common is that nobody trusts Kevin McCarthy,” he added. “He lied to Biden, he lied to House conservatives. He had appropriators marking to a different number altogether. And the reason we were backed up against the shutdown politics is not a bug of the system. It’s a feature.”

The House voted overwhelmingly to back the funding resolution by a vote of 335 to 91 and the Senate later approved the legislation by similarly clear numbers – 88 to nine.

President Joe Biden signed the bill on Saturday night, shortly before the deadline at midnight.

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Biden pushes for Ukraine aid after funding resolution passed without it

President Joe Biden argued for further Ukraine funding, which was not part of the funding passed on Saturday night to avert a shutdown.

Speaking from the White House on Sunday, he said: “An overwhelming majority of the Congress have steadfastly supported Ukraine to defend itself against the aggression and brutality of the Russian attack on women and children.”

“There’s no Ukraine funding this agreement. Despite that, I did not believe we could let millions of Americans go through the pain of a government shutdown. But let’s be clear – I hope my friends on the other side, keep their word about support for Ukraine,” he added. “They said they’re going to support Ukraine in a separate vote. We cannot under any circumstance allow American support for Ukraine to be interrupted.”

“I fully expect the speaker to keep his commitment to secure the passage and support needed to help Ukraine as they defend themselves against aggression and brutality,” Mr Biden said. “There’s an overwhelming number of Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate who support Ukraine. Let’s vote on it.”

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 17:38

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Donalds notes ‘trust issues’ among House GOP as he declines to say if he’ll vote for McCarthy’s ouster

Rep Byron Donalds (R-FL) appeared on Fox News on Sunday morning on chose not to say if he’ll back the effort to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) by Rep Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

Saying that he thinks the speaker is in “trouble,” he added: “I don’t know right now. I got to really think about that”.

“There are a lot of trust issues in my chamber right now,” he added.

He also blamed Mr McCarthy for why he didn’t end up voting on the funding resolution that passed the House and the Senate on Saturday, averting a shutdown.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 17:30

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Watch live: President Biden to make speech after Congress votes to extend government funding likely avoiding shutdown

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve a stopgap bill to fund government operations for the next 45 days with three and a half hours to go until a midnight deadline at the end of fiscal year, ending a days-long standoff which had threatened to paralyse federal agencies and leave millions of workers without paychecks.

The upper chamber approved the measure, known as a continuing resolution, by a vote of 88 senators In favour and just nine against at 9.04 pm, only hours after the House of Representatives approved an identical bill put forth by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Speaking on the Senate floor just before senators began voting, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the compromise bill would “keep the government open” and represented “good news for the country”.

Live: Biden speaks after Congress votes to avoid government shutdown

The Independent1 October 2023 17:12

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Gaetz says he thinks ‘Democrats are going to bail out Kevin McCarthy’

Matt Gaetz told ABC that his efforts to bring a vote on ousting the speaker is an “exercise to show the American people who really govern you”.

“I actually think Democrats are going to bail out Kevin McCarthy,” he added.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 17:00

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New York Republican calls effort to oust McCarthy ‘delusional’

Rep Mike Lawler (R-NY) pushed back on the effort of Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

“I think what I just heard was a diatribe of delusional thinking,” he told ABC’s This Week.

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Gaetz calls Hakeem Jeffries McCarthy’s ‘new boss’

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 16:15

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Ukraine aid left out of US government funding package, raising questions about future support

Congressional supporters of Ukraine say they won’t give up after a bill to keep the federal government open excluded Joe Biden’s request to provide more security assistance to the war-torn nation.

Still, many lawmakers acknowledge that winning approval for Ukraine assistance in Congress is growing more difficult as the war between Russia and Ukraine grinds on. Republican resistance to the aid has been gaining momentum in the halls of Congress.

Voting in the House this past week pointed to the potential trouble ahead. Nearly half of House Republicans voted to strip $300m from a defence spending bill to train Ukrainian soldiers and purchase weapons. The money later was approved separately, but opponents of Ukraine support celebrated their growing numbers.

Then on Saturday, House speaker Kevin McCarthy omitted additional Ukraine aid from a measure to keep the government running until 17 November. In doing so, he closed the door on a Senate package that would have funnelled $6bn to Ukraine, roughly a third of what has been requested by the White House.

Both the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved the stopgap measure, with members of both parties abandoning the increased aid for Ukraine in favour of avoiding a costly government shutdown.

Kevin Freking1 October 2023 16:00

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McCarthy says he’ll survive effort to oust him by Gaetz: ‘You know, this is personal with Matt’

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) appeared on Face The Nation on CBS on Sunday morning, saying that he’ll survive the motion to vacate set to be brought by Matt Gaetz (R-FL) in an effort to oust him.

“Gaetz is more interested in securing TV interviews than doing something. He wanted to push us into a shutdown … only because he wants to take this motion. Bring it on, let’s get over with it,” he told CBS.

“Yes, I’ll survive. You know, this is personal with Matt,” he added.

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Tapper pushes back on Gaetz for wanting ‘clicks and likes and Fox hits’

Jake Tapper of CNN pushed back on Matt Gaetz during Sunday’s State of The Union, saying that his way of speaking about Hunter Biden and the Democrats is the “language of somebody who is looking for clicks and likes and Fox hits”.

Gustaf Kilander1 October 2023 15:45

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Jamaal Bowman ‘embarrassed to admit’ he pulled fire alarm during House vote

The New York Democrat and member of the so-called Squad of progressive lawmakers faced criticism from Republicans and others after CCTV showed him pulling a fire alarm in a House office building amid a vote to pass a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open.

Mr Bowman released a statement late on Saturday evening claiming that he was trying to open a door that was locked.

“Today, as I was rushing to make a vote, I came to a door that is usually open for votes but today would not open,” he said. “I am embarrassed to admit that I activated the fire alarm, mistakenly thinking it would open the door. I regret this and sincerely apologize for any confusion this caused.”

Republicans accused him of pulling the fire alarm to try to stall a vote to pass the bill, called a continuing resolution, that would continue funding the federal government. This came around the time that Democrats had said they needed time to read the text of the continuing resolution before they voted for the bill.

Eric Garcia1 October 2023 15:30


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