When the Republican Party obtained the majority in the last election, Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California was elected as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Despite his selection, many steadfast conservatives desired an approach more closely aligned with the Constitution; however, to acquire their backing, McCarthy entered into a number of covert agreements.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has expressed strong criticism of McCarthy for failing to fulfill his promises.
On this very floor in January, the whole world witnessed a historic contest for House Speaker.
I rise today to serve notice. Mr. Speaker, you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role. The path forward for the House of Representatives is to… pic.twitter.com/1IFsrmT8KK
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 12, 2023
According to a report from Real Clear Politics, Gaetz put McCarthy “on notice that he is ‘out of compliance’” with the January deal that put McCarthy in the speaker’s office.
Gaetz said, “On this very floor in January, the whole world witnessed a historic contest for House Speaker. I rise today to serve notice. Mr. Speaker, you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role.”
Gaetz insisted that the House should be given a vote on a balanced budget, that the January 6 tapes should be released in full, and that accountability for the “Biden crime family” has been insufficient.
He also noted that he believes Biden was given too much in the budgetary process. As an alternative, Gaetz proposed a motion to vacate the chair, which would constitute a direct challenge to McCarthy.
“Mr. Speaker, you boasted in January that we would use the power of the subpoena and the power of the purse. But here we are eight months later and we haven’t even sent the first subpoena to Hunter Biden.”
Gaetz then addressed the “power of the purse.”
“The only thing the 118th Congress is known for at this point is electing Kevin McCarthy speaker and underwriting Biden’s debt and unfortunately, there’s only one of those things we can remediate at this time.”
He stated that a forthcoming vote for a budgetary continuing resolution would continue to allocate funding for President Biden’s Green New Deal.
“Mr. Speaker, we told you how to use the power of the purse. Individual, single-subject spending bills that would allow us to have specific review, programmatic analysis, and would allow us to zero out the salaries of the bureaucrats who have broken bad, targeted President Trump, or cut sweetheart deals for Hunter Biden,” he charged.
He added that Congress is facing a Sept. 30 deadline for the budget.
“I must be better. You must be better. And this House must be better, for it is the last best hope for tens of millions of Republicans. We demand real oversight against this weaponized government. Just look at the bribery. If tens of millions of dollars flowing from foreign corrupt people into the bank accounts of the Biden family wasn’t enough for actual impeachment, why were we even looking? Joe Biden deserves impeachment for converting the vice presidency into an ATM machine for virtually his entire family. We all see it, we all know it. ”
McCarthy called for an impeachment inquiry on Tuesday, however Gaetz asserted this was merely a “baby step.”
He expressed uncertainty as to whether such votes would be successful, yet he maintained that taking the votes would provide “the American people [with] the opportunity to see who is committed to fighting for them and who is content with tolerating more corruption and going along with the status quo.”
He said, “I know that Washington isn’t a town where people are known for keeping their word. Well, Speaker McCarthy, I’m here to hold you to yours.”