The House of Representatives has come to a standstill after Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted in a groundbreaking vote on Capitol Hill. Eight Republicans took a historic step to remove McCarthy from his position, while all Democrats stood united, voting to dethrone McCarthy, marking the first speaker removal since 1910.
Here are the eight Republicans who voted against McCarthy:
- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. – Biggs, Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, expressed his disappointment in McCarthy’s leadership, citing a lack of effectiveness in bringing about necessary changes.
- Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo. – Buck criticized McCarthy for repeatedly breaking promises, both to the American people and fellow Congress members. He’s a member of the House Freedom Caucus but hasn’t supported the impeachment of President Joe Biden.
- Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn. – Burchett, facing the harsh reality of the nation’s mounting debt, voted in favor of the motion to vacate, highlighting the urgency to address the $33 trillion debt crisis.
- Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz. – A combat veteran with extensive service, Crane brings a unique perspective to the table. He voted in favor of the motion, emphasizing the need for a change in leadership.
- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. – Gaetz, known for his outspoken demeanor, initiated the motion to vacate against McCarthy. He has been a vocal critic of McCarthy’s leadership and advocated for change.
- Rep. Bob Good, R-Va. – Elected in 2021, Good emphasized the importance of a Speaker who upholds the promises made by Republicans. He voted against McCarthy in January’s Speaker election and continued to oppose him.
- Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C. – Mace, a trailblazer as the first woman to graduate from The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets program, emphasized the importance of trust and integrity in leadership. She voted against McCarthy in the interest of upholding those values.
- Rep. Matt Rosendale – With a critical stance on the passing of the stopgap bill, Rosendale criticized the collaborative efforts of the two major parties, describing it as a betrayal of the American people’s interests.
This pivotal moment has left the House in a state of suspension, reflecting the deep divisions within the Republican party and setting the stage for a significant political shift.