House Conservatives Stage Revolt Against GOP Leadership

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Nearly a dozen conservative lawmakers sabotaged a procedural vote in a stunning and historical rebuke of Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s debt ceiling deal with President Joe Biden.

UPDATE: McCarthy canceled the entire docket of votes slated through the end of the week as the standoff continues. Members are set to return on Monday, when the speaker will attempt to get his party back in line.

ORIGINAL: The group voted with Democrats to block four messaging bills that House Republican leaders were hoping to pass and catch headlines with this week.

Instead, headlines have captured the near-mutiny against Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership after conservative members of the House derided his debt negotiations for not going far enough to be meaningful while conceding too much to Democrats.

The blocked bills included two measures meant to prohibit federal bans on gas stoves and two others to curb related federal regulations.

“We’re frustrated at the way this place is operating,” Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) told reporters as the vote was happening.

It is exceedingly rare for a rule vote to fail. The procedural vote allows debate of legislation on the floor. Even when members don’t agree with the underlying legislation, they almost always vote with their party on the rule to allow debate.

The last rule vote to fail on the floor took place in 2002.

Tense Discussion on the Floor

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN) pulled over a dozen conservatives to the back of the chamber in an obviously tense effort to flip votes.

Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC) appeared visibly angry, waving his hands around as he spoke.

“I think leadership now understands it is a matter of some urgency,” he later said.

Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) told reporters that voting down rules is an option conservatives have before a motion to vacate – which could oust McCarthy as Speaker.

The eleven representatives who ultimately voted against the rule, mostly House Freedom Caucus members, are: Andy Biggs (AZ), Dan Bishop (NC), Lauren Boebert (CO), Ken Buck (CO), Tim Burchett (TN), Eli Crane (AZ), Matt Gaetz (FL), Bob Good (VA), Ralph Norman (SC), Matt Rosendale (MT) and Chip Roy (TX).

Just second before the vote closed, Scalise also voted “no” in a procedural move that will allow him to bring the rule up for another vote at a later time.


    • When are you going to grasp that”compromise” to the left means WE CAPITULATE??? Those members actually represent a lot more of us out here than you apparently think; it was McCarthy who “divided to conquer”! Those unwilling to stand for their principles will fall for everything: YOU FELL too!

  1. Finally, some Republicans with testicles stand up against the corrupt “bend over and compromise with the Devil” majority. We shall soon see if they are serious and stick to their guns or are just temporarily grandstanding to create “tough talking” messages to send out via fundraising emails.

    • These are the ones who stood against McCarthy as speaker in January; they knew he would cave on essential issues, and he lived right down to his standard! That he’s whining he was “blind sided” is a JOKE! Not everyone has the attention span of a toddler, or the memory of a Biden! Of course many of us are FURIOUS over his betrayal AGAIN!

  2. Psalm 146:3…………”put NOT your trust in princes, in other men who can not save.” What about that is vague? And do not think that emperors, kings, presidents senators or house representatives will “save” you. They’re just like you and me. They are selfish, proud, cunning, deceitful, greedyand impatient — just like we. To some extent or another. They make mistakes. They get “offended.” Vengeful, otherwise known as “pelosiful.” Do WE think that THIS WORLD is our destiny? The words of Micah, the prophet are a pretty good guide: “What does the Lord require? …Live justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your Lord.” As a good friend restates: put on your own oxygen mask first, then help others do the same. Hate the SIN, but love the sinner. Could you or I do better? Have you WRITTEN your congressman?

    • “People do not expect to find chastity in a whorehouse. Why, then, do they expect to find honesty and humanity in government, a congeries of institutions whose modus operandi consists of lying, cheating, stealing, and if need be, murdering those who resist?” ~ H. L. Mencken

  3. There are closed doors in the buiding – USE THEM. Hash out your differences BEFORE standing in front of cameras. This is not high school. GROW UP!

    • Mc Cathy was warned in January; He knew there would be repercussions if he reverted to “business as usual” and he did it anyway, selling us, and the next several generations as well, out as usual. He IS a RINO!

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