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Report Suggests Speaker McCarthy Facing Possible Removal; GOP Rep. Gaetz Responds

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Kevin McCarthy’s path to becoming House Speaker was not easy, but he ultimately succeeded by gaining the support of a number of Freedom Caucus members by promising to support their legislative agenda.

According to Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of the more prominent members of the caucus, things are going well so far for the California Republican.

The Florida firebrand stated that he had “no plans” to remove McCarthy after “Fox News’ Chad Pergram reported that a source close to the negotiations told him McCarthy needs 180 Republican votes as a bare minimum to pass a debt ceiling bill — if he doesn’t, a conservative Republican could call for a motion to “vacate the chair” in a vote of no confidence in McCarthy’s leadership,” according to The Washington Examiner.

McCarthy’s fulfillment of his commitment prompted Gaetz to state that he is currently not contemplating this alternative.

“I have no plans to seek the removal of Speaker McCarthy barring some dramatic, unexpected turn of events,” Gaetz said in a statement to the Examiner.

“You don’t remove someone simply because you disagree with them. By that standard, no speaker would last a single day. Speaker McCarthy simply must deliver on the promises he made in January. So far, his record doing so is admirable. So far,” he added.

Late in April, Republicans passed the Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023, which is generally regarded as McCarthy’s most significant accomplishment during his tenure. Following this, House Republican leaders have engaged in discussions with the White House to identify the agreement’s clauses and determine the points on which neither side is willing to budge.

The Examiner went on to say:

Several outcomes are at play, with McCarthy’s best-case scenario being that he and President Joe Biden come to an agreement as early as Tuesday, with the House voting on the newly negotiated bill early next week. The Senate would not likely vote on a bill until June 1 or 2, the former being the date that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen gave as a deadline for Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

Stalling on raising the debt ceiling for a long period of time is projected to create severe financial consequences for the United States, Yellen has repeatedly told both Congress and the White House.

McCarthy’s worst-case scenario could be a challenge to his leadership if Republicans believe he either conceded on too many areas or already are unhappy with the state of the original GOP debt ceiling bill. Some House Republicans who have expressed their concerns over the GOP’s bill, such as Gaetz and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), are also the same lawmakers who held out against voting for McCarthy for speaker.

The White House described Biden and McCarthy’s Monday evening meeting as “productive,” but no agreement has yet been reached.

“He walked through some of the things that he’s still looking at he’s hearing from his members. I walked through things I’m looking at,” McCarthy said of his call with the president. “What I’m looking at are where our differences are and how could we solve those. And I felt that part was productive. But look, there’s no agreement. We’re still apart.”

On the other hand, far-left House members have warned Biden against making too many concessions to the majority Republicans.

The Washington Examiner reported last week that progressives have vowed to oppose any debt ceiling measure that, in their opinion, gives Republicans too much.

According to the publication, there are concerns among some of the most progressive politicians in Congress that Biden may be prepared to compromise on significant issues for the Congressional Progressive Caucus. While Biden has expressed his unyielding stance on certain issues, such as the Inflation Reduction Act, as non-negotiable in the ongoing negotiations, the publication added that he has been more flexible on others.

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