Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) — who helped lead the unsuccessful effort to deny Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) speakership bid —said Tuesday that McCarthy is “out of compliance” with the terms of the deal he made with conservatives to become speaker.
Driving the news: The Florida Republican laid out a scenario of starting “every single day in Congress with the prayer, the pledge and the motion to vacate.”
Gaetz cited a lack of votes on term limits and balanced budgets — and called out the lack of full release of Jan. 6 tapes and argued the investigations into the Biden family have fallen short.
The speech started shortly after McCarthy announced an impeachment inquiry into President Biden, which Gaetz called a “baby step” following “weeks of pressure from conservatives.”
The big picture: McCarthy is being forced to navigate his most difficult hurdles yet as Congress looks to avert a government shutdown, with some members becoming more vocal about a potential leadership ouster.