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Wed Feb 7, 2024, 06:27 AM Feb 2024

Matt Gaetz Says He Wishes Ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy Could Still Vote [View all]

Source: Newsweek

Published Feb 06, 2024 at 11:13 PM EST Updated Feb 06, 2024 at 11:14 PM EST

U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida said that he wishes former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was still in the lower chamber after his fellow Republicans failed to pass articles of impeachment against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

While appearing Tuesday night on Newsmax's The Balance, Gaetz told host Eric Bolling that it would have "been nice" to have McCarthy's vote while watching a handful of Republicans go against the rest of their party after months of seeking to impeach the DHS secretary over his handling of the U.S. southern border. Four House Republicans joined Democrats in rejecting the impeachment bill, although one GOP member, Congressman Blake Moore, changed his vote to a "no" as a procedural measure to allow the House to reconsider the bill at a later time.

"I also wonder, wouldn't it have been nice to still have Kevin McCarthy in the House of Representatives," Gaetz told Bolling. "Never thought you'd hear me say that."

Gaetz was one of the driving forces behind the vote in the fall that removed McCarthy as House speaker after less than a year in the leadership position. The California Republican announced a few months later that he was stepping down from Congress. A special election to fill his seat is scheduled for March 19.

Read more: https://www.newsweek.com/matt-gaetz-says-he-wishes-ex-speaker-kevin-mccarthy-could-still-vote-1867530

As a note, "traditionally", someone in the Congressional leadership (either the House Speaker or the Senate Majority Leader) will vote in a manner to preserve the option to bring a failed measured back at a later time if a bill is destined to fail in a close vote. But Johnson was apparently too cowardly to do that and left it to someone else to do that.
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