Gaetz Warns of ‘Immediate Motion to Vacate’ if McCarthy Passes Debt Ceiling Deal Without GOP

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Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) warned today that should a deal on the debt ceiling be reached without majority support from Republicans, it could have major repercussions for the party’s leadership.

Gaetz suggested that such a move would not only violate a previous agreement but could also trigger a motion to vacate the Speaker’s position.

In an interview with Newsmax, Gaetz elaborated on the potential implications of a bill being passed with the aid of Democrats. “If a majority of Republicans are against a piece of legislation and you use Democrats to pass it, that would immediately be a black-letter violation of the deal we had with McCarthy to allow his ascent to the Speakership,” he said. He further warned that such a violation “would likely trigger an immediate motion to vacate.”

The congressman’s remarks indicate that any such move from Speaker McCarthy could be seen as a betrayal of party consensus. Gaetz stated his belief that Speaker McCarthy is aware of the potential fallout from such a move, saying, “I think Speaker McCarthy knows that. That’s why he’s working hard to make sure that he gets, you know, 120, 150, 160 votes.”

The debt ceiling has been a contentious issue in Washington, with lawmakers from both parties struggling to find a solution that will prevent the country from defaulting on its debts. The comments from Gaetz are a clear signal that the issue has potential to create divisions within the Republican Party, and suggest that Speaker McCarthy’s leadership could be at risk if he moves forward with a deal that doesn’t have the support of a majority of his party.

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