(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for pointing fingers at Democrats after he was removed from his leadership position in a groundbreaking vote.
“Can anyone genuinely think McCarthy would support a Democratic speaker out of institutional respect?” Ocasio-Cortez was questioned on X, the platform previously known as Twitter. “It’s consistent for McCarthy to show overconfidence. He declared he’d steer clear of discussions with Democrats, barely reached out to any, disparaged those who aided with the continuing resolution, yet hoped for Democratic support without a cost.”
These remarks were made shortly after a 216-210 vote displaced McCarthy, a motion spearheaded by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.). Ocasio-Cortez was reacting to a statement by McCarthy post-vote, wherein he remarked, “Today’s decision was politically motivated by Democrats.”
Every Democrat in the House and eight of his fellow Republicans voted against the Californian Speaker.
Previously, Ocasio-Cortez had shared her intention to vote in favor of McCarthy’s removal while also suggesting that she’d consider negotiations if McCarthy reached out for Democratic support. She emphasized, however, that Democrats should not “hand out their votes without something in return.”
Numerous Democrats had reportedly decided on their vote even before the session on Tuesday, with sources from The Hill mentioning the party’s solidarity in not shielding McCarthy from his removal. Given the slim Republican majority in the House, the eight GOP dissenting votes sealed his fate.
Facing challenges in ratifying a solely Republican short-term plan before the funding deadline on Oct. 1, McCarthy hastily introduced a bipartisan continuing resolution (CR). This move didn’t sit well with some staunch Republican members.
The temporary resolution is set to maintain the government’s present budget until Nov. 17 and allocates $16 billion for federal disaster aid. However, it omits funds for Ukraine, a priority for the White House but not favored by a segment of the GOP. The CR notably excludes any spending reductions or modifications to border policies that don’t align with the expectations of conservative members.
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