House Members React to McCarthy's Removal

House Members React to McCarthy's Removal

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
October 4, 2023

After former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was removed from his post, U.S. Representatives from around the country have provided their statements regarding the historic vote that led to the demise of the top Republican in the House.

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) stated that he disagreed with the decision to remove McCarthy, calling it an improper “tactical play call.”

Rep. Roy – who voted against removing McCarthy, released this statement before the vote to motion to vacate.

“Today, I am voting against the motion to vacate Speaker Kevin McCarthy. My position has been and remains that the status quo of massive spending, open borders, funding proxy wars, and weaponized government is unacceptable,” stated Rep. Roy. “That said, I am voting against this motion because I disagree with the tactical play call. I do not believe that you pull the coach at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which is where we currently stand.”

Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL) assured her constituents and the American people that “Democrats will stay focused.”

“Ever since Republicans gained a majority in the House of Representatives nine months ago, Americans have been subjected to unnecessary chaos and economic uncertainty. We deserve better,” said Rep. Castor.

She would go on to call out the right flank and their tactics which allegedly go against the wishes of the “vast majority of Americans.”

“Extreme MAGA Republicans use default, shutdowns, and abortion bans in an effort to gain political advantage, while the wishes of the vast majority of Americans for bipartisanship and stability are ignored. Democrats will stay focused on what is important to our neighbors, like lowering costs, growing the middle class, and ensuring our communities are safe. People come before politics, and hopefully, new leadership in the House will join us in that commitment,” concluded Castor.

However, Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy such as Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) stated in an op-ed appearing in the Daily Caller that he chooses “long term sustainability over short term rhetoric.”

“The question one must resolve is whether continuation of the use of continuing resolutions that have produced our economy-destroying spending deficit and national debt is preferable to ripping the bandage off and experiencing short term pain that ultimately produces a budgetary path that gives us less debt, lower deficits, and a chance at long term economic viability,” stated Rep. Biggs. “I choose long term sustainability over short term rhetoric. Which do you think my colleagues will choose?”

This is a developing story.

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Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a senior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE) and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the Sports Editor of the FSView and the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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