Here’s What Democrats Reportedly Want in Exchange for Helping Kevin McCarthy Keep His Job

By Published on October 2, 2023

Democrats are planning on requesting several concessions of Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in return for their help if a motion to oust him is brought this week, Politico reported Monday.

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz announced his plans to file a motion to vacate the speaker on Sunday after McCarthy relied on House Democrats to pass a 45-day continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown over the weekend. In order to receive their help to keep his speakership, Democrats will likely demand McCarthy adhere to the spending levels he previously agreed upon with President Joe Biden, as well as ending the impeachment inquiry brought against the president, giving party members more seats on committees — including equal representation on the Rules Committee — and additional aid to Ukraine, according to Politico.

“The only way Kevin McCarthy is Speaker of the House at the end of this coming week is if Democrats bail him out. Now, they probably will. I actually think that when you believe in nothing, as Kevin McCarthy does, everything’s negotiable and I think he’ll cut a deal with the Democrats,” Gaetz told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Gaetz believes that there will be enough House Republicans to support a motion to vacate the speaker, requiring McCarthy to turn to Democrats to avoid his removal, he said on CNN.

Following Gaetz’ announcement of his desire to oust McCarthy from the leadership role, the speaker told the congressman to “bring it on” during an appearance on Face the Nation Sunday.

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“This is personal with Matt. Matt voted against the most conservative ability to protect our border, secure our border,” McCarthy said. “He’s more interested in securing TV interviews than doing something, like he wanted to push us into a shutdown, even threatening his own district with all the military people there who would not be paid only because he wants to take this motion. So be it, bring it on, let’s get over with it and let’s start governing. If he’s upset because he tried to push us into a shutdown, and I made sure government didn’t shut down, then let’s have that fight.”

Neither McCarthy nor House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries immediately responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.


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