October 4, 2023

Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz filed a motion against Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy and eight hard-right Republicans joined 208 Democrats in supporting McCarthy’s removal, as 210 Republicans tried and failed to keep the speaker in place. Gaetz accused McCarthy of cutting a secret deal with Biden to fund Ukraine. Republican House Rules Committee member Thomas Massie objected to McCarthy’s removal and said that it was a referendum on the institution and the institution will fail. McCarthy’s ouster may cost Republicans their house majority.

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