He went on to joke about the indictment of Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on bribery charges last week. FBI agents who searched the Menendez home in 2022 found not only almost a half-million dollars in cash but about $100,000 in gold bars, according to prosecutors. “We’re in so much debt, we’re driving up deficits so fast, we are de-valuing American money so rapidly, that in America today, you can’t even bribe Democrat senators with cash alone,” Gaetz said. “You need to bring gold bars to get the job done just so that the bribes hold value.” Gaetz went on to say he was opposed to continuing resolutions and in favor of voting on actual appropriations bills because “this is the only way to liberate this House in this country, from the scourge of governing by continuing resolution and omnibus legislation.” “It is an insult to our governing authority to have the Senate latch Ukraine funding to the reauthorization of the [Federal Aviation Administration],” he continued. “And the fact that we don’t” vote on funding independently, Gaetz said, “that is not a bug of the system. It’s a feature of the system.” “And the one thing I agree with my Democrat colleagues on is that for the last eight months, this House has been poorly led. And we own that, and we have to do something about it. [firefly_poll] “And you know what? My Democrat colleagues will have an opportunity to do something about that, too. And we will see if they bail out our failed speaker.” The speech comes several weeks after Gaetz gave another speech that was far more explicit in challenging McCarthy over his failures to cut spending, saying McCarthy was “out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role.” “The path forward for the House of Representatives is to either bring you into immediate total compliance or remove you pursuant to a motion to vacate the chair,” he said, adding that “instead of cutting spending to raise the debt limit, you relied on budgetary gimmicks and rescissions so that you ultimately ended up serving as the valet to underwrite Biden’s debt and advanced suspending agenda.”
One thing I agree with my Democrat colleagues on is that for the last eight months, the House of Representatives has been poorly led.We own that, and we have to do something about it. My Democrat colleagues will have an opportunity to do something about that too, and we will… pic.twitter.com/KNkHls8nIf — Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 26, 2023
However, the problem for Gaetz when it comes to bringing McCarthy into compliance on this issue is the one-sided nature of the Senate vote. While a vote to move forward the vehicle that would allow the continuing resolution to pass isn’t actually passing the continuing resolution, it stands to reason that a 77-19 vote to advance will also likely meet with a vote to pass — and put pressure on McCarthy to cobble together enough Republican and Democratic votes to ensure the government stays humming. Gaetz is right, though: When McCarthy was elected speaker after numerous ballots in January, the reason for the delay was because conservatives were worried about exactly what is taking place here. Instead of cutting spending, instead of taking a knife to the Biden agenda and hacking huge bits of pork off, McCarthy has displayed the lack of backbone that got the country here in the first place. Will the Democrats bail out a failed speaker by voting for the Senate’s bill? That remains to be seen. However, conservatives in the House GOP now know exactly how much trust they can place in Kevin McCarthy to get the job done: Zero. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
On this very floor in January, the whole world witnessed a historic contest for House Speaker.I rise today to serve notice. Mr. Speaker, you are out of compliance with the agreement that allowed you to assume this role. The path forward for the House of Representatives is to… pic.twitter.com/1IFsrmT8KK — Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 12, 2023