The House of Representatives is officially in recess — closed for business — with the ousting of Speaker Kevin McCarthy in a historic vote on Capitol Hill, Tuesday.
Eight Republicans voted to remove McCarthy; the Democrat caucus vowed that they were going to be united in not getting involved, all of them voting to oust McCarthy, the first speaker removed since 1910.
Before the final vote, 11 Republicans voted to advance the motion to vacate to the full House.
Here is a list of the eight Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy:
- Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. — "Speaker McCarthy has failed to demonstrate himself as an effective leader who will change the status quo." Biggs is the chair of the House Freedom Caucus.
- Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo. — "Kevin McCarthy has repeatedly broken his word both to the American people and to members of Congress." Member of House Freedom Caucus who is not on board with impeaching President Joe Biden.
- Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn. — "It's a tough decision, but I'm poised to vote for the motion to vacate because we are $33 trillion dollars in debt."
- Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz. — First-term congressman and a combat veteran who saw five deployments, including three to the Middle East with SEAL Team 3. He served for 13 years.
- Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. — The firebrand who has had Speaker McCarthy in his crosshairs nearly since the beginning of McCarthy's tenure. He brought the motion to vacate against him.
- Rep. Bob Good, R-Va. — Congressman since 2021, Good said: "The American people need a speaker who will fight to keep promises Republicans made to get the majority, not someone who cuts fiscally irresponsible deals that get more Democrat votes then Republican votes." Good repeatedly voted against McCarthy to become speaker in January.
- Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C. — Second-term representative who was the first woman to graduate from the Corps of Cadets program at The Citadel. "This isn't about left vs. right. This isn't about ideology. This is about trust and keeping your word."
- Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont. — First elected to Congress in 2010, he blasted the passing of the stopgap bill to keep the government open, saying the "uniparty got together again to sell the American people short."
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