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Gaetz takes victory lap after historic vote to boot McCarthy from House speakership

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., took a victory lap following Tuesday’s historic vote to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., with the help of a handful of hard-line Republicans in his own party.

“We’re concerned about the future of the conservative agenda in the house,” Gaetz told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “I would say that the conservative agenda was being paralyzed by Speaker McCarthy.”

“We didn’t even send in a subpoena to Hunter Biden, our oversight was lackluster, our spending priorities were misaligned,” he continued. “The top line budget was going to lead to more inflation, more debt, more challenges — so the best way to advance the conservative agenda is to move forward with a new speaker.”

House Financial Services Chair Rep. Patrick McHenry will serve as interim speaker until a replacement for McCarthy is chosen. Gaetz expressed support for a couple of potential candidates to replace the speaker, including GOP Reps. Tom Emmer, Mike Johnson, Jodey Arrington, Kevin Hern or Steve Scalise — none of whom voted to oust McCarthy — should they decide to run for the speakership.

Gaetz introduced a measure against McCarthy known as a motion to vacate on Monday night, accusing him of breaking the promises he made to win the speaker’s gavel in January.

Democrats signaled early on Tuesday that they would not be inclined to help McCarthy. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said before the vote, “Democrats are ready to find bipartisan common ground. Our extreme colleagues have shown no willingness to do the same. They must find a way to end the House Republican civil war.”

In January, it took 15 rounds of voting until McCarthy was elected.

McCarthy angered hard-liners over the weekend when he passed a short-term spending bill known as a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government open for 45 days to avert a government shutdown and give lawmakers more time to cobble together 12 individual spending bills.

Fox News’ Liz Elkind contributed to this report.

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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