On Sunday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) made appearances on ABC’s This Week and CNN’s State of the Union following the recent vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to prevent a government shutdown using a 45-Day Stop-Gap Resolution, which did not include funding for Ukraine.
During his interview with Jon Karl on This Week, Gaetz announced his intention to file a motion to remove Speaker McCarthy from his position.
JUST IN: After shutdown drama, GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz tells @JonKarl that he is going to file a motion this week to have House Speaker Kevin McCarthy removed from his position. https://t.co/KInxWHwCkT pic.twitter.com/BrbZF9TCiP— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 1, 2023
Gaetz told Karl this is an “exercise to show the American people who really governs you,” adding that he believes the Democrats will bail McCarthy out.
GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz tells @JonKarl that his plan to bring forward a House vote on Kevin McCarthy’s speakership is an “exercise to show the American people who really governs you.”— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 1, 2023
“I actually think Democrats are going to bail out Kevin McCarthy.” https://t.co/KInxWHwCkT pic.twitter.com/VLSSJZK3jH
Speaking with Jake Tapper on CNN, Gaetz made his intentions very clear, saying McCarthy has been in “brazen, repeated, material breach” of the agreement he made with House conservatives back in January.
Gaetz also told Tapper that McCarthy made a secret deal with Democrats to allocate funding for Ukraine, which he did not disclose to conservatives.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, D-Calif., could face an untimely end to his role as speaker after a hardline critic within his own party Sunday called for a vote to oust him following the passage of a stopgap funding bill that drew more support from Democrats than Republicans.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 335-91 to adopt a 45-day stopgap measure hours before funding for federal agencies was set to expire. The Democrat-led Senate later approved the same bill with bipartisan support and sent it to President Joe Biden to sign into law.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told CNN on Sunday he would file a “motion to vacate,” a call for a vote to remove McCarthy as speaker.
“If at this time next week Kevin McCarthy is still speaker of the House, it will be because Democrats bailed him out,” Gaetz said in an interview on ABC. “I am relentless and I will continue to pursue this objective.”