• Republicans angry with McCarthy over debt deal join Democrats to block

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    WASHINGTON — A band of 11 House conservative rabble-rousers on Tuesday
    took the rare step of joining all Democrats to block a pair of GOP bills
    to protect gas stoves to express their anger over the debt deal cut by
    Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden.

    The procedural vote was rejected, 206 to 220, stunning longtime lawmakers
    and reporters who have not seen a rule vote — a procedural measure
    typically widely supported by the majority party — go down in more than
    two decades.

    Members of the House Freedom Caucus, along with a conservative ally, Rep.
    Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., gathered on the steps of the Capitol after voting to
    rail at how McCarthy and his leadership team handled negotiations to lift
    the debt ceiling.

    The group warned that all Republican legislation could come to a
    standstill unless they resolve their internal issues.

    Hard-right lawmakers specifically accused GOP leaders of retaliating
    against one of their own, Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga. They said Clyde was
    told by leadership that his bill to protect pistol stabilizing braces
    would not come to the floor this week because he voted against the rule on
    the debt deal last week.

    “Today we took down the rule because we’re frustrated at the way this
    place is operating. We took a stand in January to end the era of the
    imperial speakership,” Gaetz said, flanked by his far-right allies.

    “We’re concerned that the fundamental commitments that allowed Kevin
    McCarthy to assume the speakership have been violated as a consequence of
    the debt limit deal,” he added. “The answer for us is to reassert House conservatives as the appropriate coalition partner for our leadership,
    instead of them making common cause with Democrats.”

    Tuesday’s rule fight creates more headaches for McCarthy — and raises more uncertainty about his political future, less than six months into his speakership.

    After the bipartisan debt deal passed last week, some Freedom Caucus
    members said they would support ousting McCarthy from the speaker’s office through what's known as a “motion to vacate.” But on Tuesday, some of
    those same Republicans sidestepped questions about removing McCarthy and
    said they have other tools to flex their power, including blocking
    legislation by voting down future rules.

    “There are many, many ways in which we all need to be together for the Republican majority to be able to function effectively,” said Rep. Dan
    Bishop, R-N.C., a Freedom Caucus member.

    Shortly before conservatives shot down Tuesday's rule vote, McCarthy told reporters he is confident he would overcome an effort to oust him from

    "Anybody can do a motion to vacate," he said. "I'm confident I'll beat
    anyone they have."

    The 11 Republicans who voted against Tuesday's rule for the gas stoves legislation and other GOP bills are: Gaetz and Bishop; and Reps. Chip Roy
    of Texas; Matt Rosendale of Montana; Ken Buck and Lauren Boebert, both of Colorado; Eli Crane and Andy Biggs, both of Arizona; Tim Burchett of
    Tennessee; Ralph Norman of South Carolina; and Bob Good of Virginia.

    A 12th Republican, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., also voted no, a procedural step that would allow leaders to bring the rule to the floor at
    a later date.

    Boebert had complained that leadership did not allow votes on amendments
    to the debt-ceiling package, while others were bitter that more Democrats
    voted for the debt limit package than Republicans.

    “The majority cannot function without unity,” Bishop told reporters. “And
    so to pull a pin on the grenade and roll it under the tent of Republican
    unity, as was done … last week in the debt ceiling package, is untenable
    for leadership.”

    Before the vote was closed, Scalise and Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn.,
    were spotted huddling on the floor with Gaetz, Roy and Burchett as they
    tried to make a last-ditch attempt to salvage the bills. Walking off the
    floor, Democrats, including former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appeared
    downright giddy at the GOP dysfunction.

    After Tuesday’s debacle, Clyde tweeted that he had received a commitment
    from leadership that his pistol braces bill would receive a vote next
    week. And shortly after, Scalise told reporters there would be votes held
    on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., who helped negotiate the debt
    deal, argued that the GOP blowup "isn't about a person" — McCarthy — but a process.

    "Not everything is embodied in the speakership," said McHenry, a close
    McCarthy ally. "We have a House majority. We're trying to resolve internal tensions within the House Republicans, and from time to time you have to
    have an airing within your family, and that's what happened today."

    The gas stove bills set to be voted on this week were largely messaging
    bills and are unlikely to pass the Senate.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/conservatives-block-bills- protect-gas-stove-feud-mccarthy-debt-deal-rcna87982

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