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McCarthy’s speakership in peril after House passes stopgap funding bill: ‘Go ahead and try’

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz threatened again to boot House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from his post on Saturday amid chaotic spending negotiations and a vote in the House on a short-term spending bill aimed at avoiding a government shutdown.

The House passed a continuing resolution (CR) Saturday that funds the government at current levels until mid-November. Every Democrat voted for the measure but one, and 90 Republicans voted against the stopgap spending measure.

Gaetz, who said before the vote that he was against the resolution, has been threatening to force a House-wide vote on whether to remove McCarthy from the speakership over alleged violations of a deal he struck with critics to win the speaker’s gavel in January.


Gaetz stopped short of calling for a motion to vacate in remarks on the House floor Tuesday. 

“[T]he House of Representatives has been poorly led. We own that, and we have to do something about it. My Democrat colleagues will have an opportunity to do something about that, too, and we will see if they bail out our failed speaker,” he said at the time.

McCarthy responded to the threats to his speakership ahead of the vote on the measure Saturday.

“If someone wants to remove because I want to be the adult in the room, go ahead and try,” McCarthy told reporters.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Elkind and Houston Keene contributed to this report.

Kyle Morris covers politics for Fox News. Story tips can be sent to and on Twitter: @RealKyleMorris.


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