GOP Freedom Caucus turns against McCarthy

 June 9, 2023

Members of the GOP's House Freedom Caucus have turned against Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after moving forward on a debt limit agreement with Democrats.

The group is now working to stall votes in an attempt to put a stop to Mccarthy's efforts.

The issue

"For the second straight day, the conservatives blocked several leadership-backed bills from moving forward Wednesday in protest of Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s handling of the debt deal he struck with President Joe Biden," NBC News reported.

"The brazen revolt means this hard-right faction, made up mostly of House Freedom Caucus members, has ground legislating on the chamber floor to a halt, undermining the Republican majority and McCarthy’s power," it added.

The battle

"We're gonna force him into a monogamous relationship with one or the other," said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was joined by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

"What we're not going to do is hang out with him for five months and then watch him go jump in the backseat with Hakeem Jeffries and sell the nation out and underwrite $4 trillion in debt," he added.

"Some of my @freedomcaucus colleagues and I turned up the heat on House Leadership this afternoon," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) tweeted.

"We rebuked their procedural vote today to make it clear that they cannot continue to side with Democrats over their own party and extort party members for support," he added.

The push to stall McCarthy's plan in the House could further divide Republicans as the party moves closer to the 2024 election cycle.

The split among some conservatives may add to momentum for Democrats, while Freedom Caucus members hope to force McCarthy into an all-or-nothing decision.

The outcome is yet to be seen but the problems continue to grow for McCarthy in the effort to avoid a loss on the issue.

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