On the House floor on Thursday, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters got into a shouting match.
The California representative appeared to be upset that the vote for the next speaker was taking so long as Republicans continue to block Rep. Kevin McCarthy.
“This is my 9th vote for Hakeem Jefferies,” said Waters as she stood up when it was her time to vote. “Matt Rosendale, get it together,” she shouted.
Waters continued shouting but Republicans drowned her out.
Before Waters’ meltdown, Montana GOP Rep. Matt Rosendale targeted Waters when he was speaking on the House floor.
“Last summer we began to negotiate, a group of us in good faith, a list of changes, amendments, to the rules of this body. Not to empower ourselves, not to bring personal benefit to ourselves, but to empower you and you and you, Maxine, and you, and you, and everyone sitting in this chamber equally,” Rosendale said.
“There’s no rules, I did not use anyone’s name… Excuse me, Maxine.”
“Rosendale is one of 20 Republicans who have voted against GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for House speaker through 11 rounds of balloting over three days. With the GOP’s slim majority, McCarthy can only lose four members of his caucus. Republicans cannot pass a rules package, consider legislation, or begin oversight of the Biden administration until they agree on a speaker. Democrats have voted in lockstep for Rep.-elect Hakeem Jefferies, D-N.Y., to be the next House speaker. The House voted to adjourn until noon on Friday,” Fox News reported.
WATCH the Maxine Waters meltdown below:
Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters gets in shouting match with Republicans on House floorpic.twitter.com/d4hIfnnJkp
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The ongoing situation in the House doesn’t seem to be getting any better. During an interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, Republican representative Matt Gaetz threatened to resign from the House if Rep. Kevin McCarthy becomes speaker.
The comments from Gaetz come as he leads a group of 20 Republicans to block McCarthy from becoming speaker.
“Will you be okay then if there’s ultimately a deal struck with moderate Democrats that give Democrats kind of co-control of the committees, you’re fine with that?” Ingraham asked.
Gaetz replied, “No, absolutely not. That will not happen.”
“That could happen,” the Fox News host said.
“No, listen. I’m on the floor, Laura, and these 212 Democrats are going to vote for Hakeem Jeffries every single time,” Gaetz said. “He is a historic candidate for them. They are not going to cleave off under any circumstance. I assure you that. If Democrats join up to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives. That is how certain I am. I can assure your viewers that won’t happen.”
Gaetz revealed that he “wouldn’t be betting on my vote for Kevin McCarthy under almost any circumstance.”
“Kevin McCarthy is the masthead of the Lobby Corps. And I resent the extent to which Kevin McCarthy utilizes the lobbyists and the special interests to be able to dictate how political decisions are made, how policy decisions are made, and how leadership decisions are made.”
“Kevin McCarthy has been in the leadership for 14 years, and he has sold shares of himself to special interests, to political action committees. And so that’s why I don’t think he is an appropriate choice,” he continued.
Rep. @MattGaetz: “I wouldn't be betting on my vote for Kevin McCarthy under almost any circumstance”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 6, 2023
Amen.@MattGaetz told Laura tonight on @IngrahamAngle that @GOPLeader’s refusal to join the bipartisan antitrust reforms to hold Big Tech accountable was a key factor in his NO vote.
Hold the line.
Kevin McCarthy’s Big Tech’s champion.
— 🇺🇸 Mike Davis 🇺🇸 (@mrddmia) January 6, 2023
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