Matt Gaetz threatens to force vote on removing Kevin McCarthy as Speaker
Matt Gaetz, Screenshot via C-Span.

The Florida Republican said an impeachment inquiry regarding Joe Biden doesn't go far enough.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz is threatening to force a vote on whether to remove U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from his position.

In a speech on the House floor, the Fort Walton Beach Republican dismissed announcements of an impeachment inquiry on President Joe Biden as a “baby step.” But he said McCarthy isn’t complying with the agreement cut with Freedom Caucus members to secure the gavel.

“We’ve had no vote on term limits or on balanced budgets, as the agreement demanded and required,” Gaetz said. “There’s been no full release of the Jan. 6 tapes, as you promised. There has been insufficient accountability for the Biden crime family. And instead of cutting spending to raise the debt limit, you relied on budgetary gimmicks and rescissions.”

Notably, Gaetz never signed off on the original Speaker deal. McCarthy won the Speakership on the 15th ballot, but Gaetz was among a half dozen Republican representatives who agreed only to vote “present” to allow the 216 McCarthy votes to constitute a majority.

McCarthy announced on Tuesday he would direct the House Oversight Committee, on which Gaetz sits, to launch an impeachment inquiry on Biden. The move was widely seen as an effort to assuage dissenters within the caucus who want the Republican House to act as an investigatory tool against the Democratic administration full time.

Gaetz said impeachment proceedings come too late. The Oversight Committee has raised numerous questions about financial dealings by Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and brother, Jim Biden. But Gaetz said investigations have moved too slowly.

“Here we are eight months later, and we haven’t even sent the first subpoena to Hunter Biden,” Gaetz said. “That’s how you know that the rushed and, you know, somewhat rattled performance you just saw from the Speaker isn’t real. At this point during Democratic control over the House of Representatives, they had already brought in Don (Trump) Jr. three times.”

Former President Donald Trump’s son answered subpoenas from the Democratic House first in 2019 during an investigation of alleged election meddling by Russia.

But Gaetz also said McCarthy failed to uphold agreements on the handling of appropriations matters in the House.

“Power of the purse?” Gaetz said. “Our leadership right now is asking us to vote for a continuing resolution. A vote for a continuing resolution is a vote to continue the Green New Deal, a vote to continue inflationary spending.”

The Green New Deal, a proposal championed by the most liberal members of Congress, never passed even in a Democrat-controlled Congress.

Gaetz said McCarthy had agreed to force individual votes on budget items, but with Congress returning from a recess weeks before a budget deadline, it’s now impossible to uphold that promise.

Now Gaetz said it’s time members consider employing the most significant concession McCarthy made, exposing him to a motion to vacate. Any member of the House majority can call for a vote of confidence in the Speaker and force the full House to take up whether to retain McCarthy as presiding officer.

“A motion to vacate might not pass at first, but it might before the 15th vote,” Gaetz said. “And if Democrats bail out McCarthy, as they may do, then I will lead the resistance to this uni-party.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Michael K

    September 12, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    Poor thing mistakes his hunger for attention and showboating stunts with governing.

  • WhatNow

    September 12, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Gaetz is one of the scummier House Republicans to come from Florida, true slime.

    • Angie Collier

      September 12, 2023 at 3:51 pm

      I agree. I don’t trust him at all.

  • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

    September 12, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Thank God that Matt read my post of great wisdom earlier in the day on Dook 4 Brains RINO McCarthy and acted accordingly. It’s the post in which I discuss my, Earl Pitts American’s, big Bull of The Woods over-sized gonads.
    Just in case you missed it I, Earl Pitts American, order everyone to locate it and read it.
    Thank you my Patriots

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 12, 2023 at 4:11 pm

      it makes a lot of sense that that earl pitts creep made a comment about his bump buddy matt gatez. i thought gatez got entangled in a sex trafficking case. what happened to that?

      • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

        September 12, 2023 at 4:51 pm

        Thank you Rick,
        Now is not the time or place to dig up old unfounded alligations from the 1990’s. Son we are trying to win a Presidental election of great importance here.
        I, Earl Pitts American, will put your concerns in my pop-up file and will look into them after the election.
        Your so welcome Rick, it must feel great to let your concerns fall from your mind. Knowing that I, Earl Pitts American have lifted your burdon and that I, Earl Pitts Ametican got your back.
        So in closing Rick I got this and your part of the deal is to just forget about anything bad which Matt may or may not have done in the past and leave it in my capable hands.
        Glad to be of service to you Patriot Rick.

      • It's Complicated

        September 20, 2023 at 12:09 pm

        Not sure if this is a rhetorical question, or not, but in February 2023, the Biden Administration’s U.S. Department of Justice chose not to file charges against Matt Gaetz after several years of investigations and a Grand Jury convening. This is a pretty darn good indication of the lack of evidence supporting the claims. If they had credible evidence you can bet they would have filed charges. It is understandable that people thought there could be a basis for the claims against Gaetz, given the rumor mill and news stories about his reckless behavior when he was in the Florida Legislature. Rumors and news stories don’t secure convictions, though.

  • Silly Wabbit

    September 12, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    Gaetz kwazy.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 13, 2023 at 4:54 am

    The embarrassment of the Parents and Families of Gaetz and Rubio is a burden they have been forced to bear/bare! Get out Gaetz and Rubio!

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