House passes debt ceiling deal
Chad Pergram, senior congressional correspondent for Fox News, has the latest on the fact that the House of Representatives has passed the debt ceiling deal by a 314-117 vote on “The Ingraham Angle.”
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Scott Perry, R-Pa., dodged a question about where he stands in taking Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s gavel away after the House passed the GOP leader’s debt limitation bill.
The bill, forged from a compromise between McCarthy and President Biden, passed by a vote of 314 to 117, with majorities in both parties backing the agreement, which also meets the GOP’s demand to cut non-defense spending over the next two years. expenditure. Republicans supported the bill by a margin of 149-71 and Democrats supported it 165-46.
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It comes after some conservative critics of the bill advanced the motion to waive the deal McCarthy made with the right during his speaker’s vote, which would only require one member of the House to pass a vote in the full room on whether or not to remove him from his current leadership role. — known as a “motion to vacate.”
Asked by Fox News Digital about the post-vote measure, Perry said, “I’m not even…” before boarding an elevator from the House floor.
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WASHINGTON – MAY 30: Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and members of the House Freedom Caucus hold their press conference to oppose the debt limit agreement outside the U.S. Capitol on Monday, May 30, 2023. (Bill Clark/CQ -Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
McCarthy himself dismissed concerns about the move at a press conference following the bill’s passage. “That’s up to them,” he told Fox News Digital.
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The idea was floated this week by Representative Dan Bishop, RN.C., who told Real America’s Voice, “It is imperative to me that there should be a motion to vacate the seat… This is a fundamental violation of the agreement we reached in January.”
Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., previously told reporters that McCarthy should be “concerned” about the threat of the motion to leave.
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Buck joked to Fox News Digital after the vote, “I don’t know. The Democrats will probably vote for the speaker now, because they voted for this bill more than the Republicans.
“I’m not going to file a motion to leave, but I do think it will be a discussion next week,” he added. “I don’t know how you can avoid the discussion on this point, more Democrats voted for this bill than Republicans,” Buck said.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 31: Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) speaks to reporters outside the House Chambers at the U.S. Capitol Building on May 31, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
But other Republicans who voted against the bill chipped away at the idea — at least for now.
“I wouldn’t do that to Kevin right now,” Rep. Ralph Norman, RS.C., told Fox News Digital after the vote. The House Freedom Caucus member continued, “He’s only been in office as speaker for five months. What we need to do now is see how he does on the credits.
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“He has to drop the hammer. If he doesn’t, that becomes a problem. He knows,” Norman said. “But now, I mean, I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. We’ll see how this plays out. I’ll tell you this, it’s an insult to have so many Democrats, we got zero votes in the beginning, here have to deal with.”
But Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said he was “not concerned at all” about someone pushing McCarthy out of the Speakership.
US House of Representatives Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) laughs as US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) wraps up a press conference in the Rayburn Room after the House vote on Fiscal Responsibility Act on May 31, 2023 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
“Some people are dissatisfied, but I don’t think so. We just passed that bill with two-thirds of the conference, and even some of the people who voted no are still okay with the process. So I don’t see it happen,” said Massie.
Freedom Caucus member Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., called the vote “an absolute affront to the American people,” while Bishop wrote, “This is what it looks like when the one-party cartel sells out the American people.”
“More Democrats voted for this ‘historic conservative victory’ than Republicans. What a joke,” Rep. tweeted. Eli Crane, R-Ariz.
The Freedom Caucus has retweeted a number of other statements that share the same sentiment as its members, including from Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, who will vote on the bill when it goes to the Senate Thursday, and the Heritage Foundation president, Kevin Roberts.
Representative Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., suggested that McCarthy would likely receive no help from the Democrats if an eviction motion were tabled.
“We did the job,” Swalwell told Fox News Digital, referring to more Democrats voting for the bill than Republicans. “More Democrats voted to pay our bills. He fell far short of what he promised the president, but that’s for them to decide.”
Asked if Democrats would vote to keep McCarthy in the speakership if a conservative Republican wanted to remove him, he said: “No, I mean, it’s not our job. We’d vote to save the country, but it’s going to for the country.” , not him.”
Elizabeth Elkind is a political reporter for Fox News Digital.