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House hardline conservatives have no regrets after ousting McCarthy, blast ‘speaker light’ proposal

Several of the eight House Republicans who voted to oust former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., indicated they have no regrets for the move that has led to two weeks without a speaker.

Fox News Digital reached out to the eight Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy from the speakership via Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz’s motion to vacate, asking if they felt responsible for the possible Democrat-backed deal to expand the interim speaker’s power.

Gaetz has since blasted the potential expansion of Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry’s powers in the wake of his motion to vacate as making the interim speaker the “speaker light.”

“I am against ‘speaker light,’ I am against Bud Light,” Gaetz told reporters Thursday. “I believe it is a constitutional desecration not to elect a speaker of the House. We need to stay here until we elect a speaker.”

Republicans had held a closed-door meeting Thursday morning amid escalating tensions within the House GOP, with several of Jordan’s critics stating that they had gotten credible threats because they did not vote for him for speaker. Jordan has repeatedly condemned those threats.

The House of Representatives will soon recess after a third speaker’s vote was put on hold on Thursday.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw and Brooke Singman contributed reporting.

Houston Keene is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.  Story tips can be sent to and on Twitter: @HoustonKeene 


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