(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Simmering tensions inside the Republican House majority finally exploded as conservative lawmakers made demands over government funding bills while Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared he was ready for “a fight.”
McCarthy’s statement came on Thursday, after the House Republican conference convened to hammer out a plan to proceed with its impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and the spending bills battle with the Democrats in the next few days.
The House has nine working days left until the September 30 deadline to pass the bills for funding the federal government and avoid a potentially highly damaging shutdown.
Certain members of the GOP conference threatened to file a motion to vacate, thus subverting overall party effort, Newsmax reports.
The heated Republican conflict was exposed by McCarthy (R-CA), who hit back at certain GOP lawmakers without mentioning anyone specifically.
“I showed frustration in here because I am frustrated with the committee — I mean frustrated with some people in the conference. Threats don’t matter and sometimes people do those things because of personal things, and that’s all fine,” the House speaker told reporters.
“I don’t walk away from a battle. I knew changing Washington would not be easy. I knew people would fight or try to hold leverage for other things,” he elaborated.
“I’m just going to continue to focus on what’s the right thing to do for the American people, and you know what? If it takes a fight, I’ll have a fight,” the California Republican concluded.
Other Republican legislators revealed some of McCarthy’s comments during the “contentious conference meeting,”
“If you want to file a motion to vacate, then file the f***ing motion,” McCarthy said, according to Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), as cited by The Washington Examiner.
“That’s it. Kevin doesn’t live in fear about this,” Mast added.
“He said: If you want to throw in a motion to vacate, that’s fine, I didn’t survive 15 rounds for nothing, and I’ll survive another 15 rounds,” revealed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), a McCarthy ally.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), seemingly one of those the speaker responded to, wrote on X that lawmakers demanded “single-subject spending bills; term limits vote; balanced budget vote; release J6 tapes to all; subpoena [for] Hunter [Biden].”
“We must begin immediately. Pull yourself together, Kevin!” Gaetz wrote.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy is asked what his message is to members who have threatened to try to oust him after a testy House GOP meeting:
“Sometimes people do those things because of personal things … I don’t walk away from a battle … If it takes a fight, I’ll have a fight.” pic.twitter.com/347fOUBpHg
— The Recount (@therecount) September 14, 2023