The Democratic Rep. from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar got flared up following the election of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
After the Speaker made adjustments for 20 rebellious Republicans to secure their votes or have them vote “present”, Omar began raising her voice on Twitter.
“McCarthy just agreed to a deal with far-right insurrectionists that would hold the entire US and global economy hostage to extreme cuts to everything from housing to education, healthcare, Social Security and Medicare. Hard to overstate how dangerous this is,” she said.
She also reacted to a statement that said some Republicans will be collaborating with the Democrats to cast ballots against the rules and regulations made by the new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, and the group.
“This would mean once the Speaker is elected, the rule package the Freedom Caucus negotiated fails and a rules package that doesn’t have any of the concessions passes. Tune in at 10 pm to find out how this saga ends,” she said.
Omar got mocked over her remarks.
“Dangerous freedom > peaceful slavery,” the Hodge twins said.
“Is it as dangerous as marrying your brother?” comedian Tim Young said.“Democrats just pushed through a $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Bill, and you’re worried about spending more money already. Sounds like that deal was needed!” Florida Republican House Candidate Vic DeGrammont stated.
The GOP Rep. from California Kevin McCarthy finally somehow survived the fight to become House Speaker for the recently elected Republican House majority after some late-night fuss created by Matt Gaetz as the GOP lawmaker from Florida voted “present”.
Previously, Gaetz was not willing to accept McCarthy as House Speaker.
“It took a loss by a razor-thin margin in a late-night Round 14, a heated exchange with one of his sternest opponents, and a near-adjournment of the House till Monday to break a logjam unseen since before the Civil War,” the Associated Press reported after the 15th round of balloting.
“The final tally that put him over the top: 216 for McCarthy, 212 for Democrat leader Hakeem Jeffries and 6 simply ‘present,’” the outlet reported.
Late Friday, a video footage was trending online in which McCarthy was seen irritated by facing Gaetz following his first “present”.
The newswire further added:
On Friday, McCarthy was getting closer to taking up the gavel as he got victory over numerous long-standing conservative adversaries. On Friday afternoon, He also convinced 15 of his fellow party members to vote in his favor.
McCarthy returned to his chamber around 10 pm ET with big expectations that he would pursue sufficient supporters to position himself on the top.
But then, a shocking loss happened as McCarthy only secured 216 votes, whereas 217 votes were required for a House majority. This happened because two Republicans, Matt Gaetz and Lauren Boebert, both voted “present”.
Following the drama, Gaetz and McCarthy were seen having an argument on the House floor. A vote was swiftly brought up according to which the voting was to be adjourned till Monday. However, the supporters made a U-turn and revoked their votes regarding the adjournment.
Several GOP members stated that the drama was beneficial to settle a better rules package concerning the power from McCarthy.
“This is a really good rules package, and it’s good that we negotiated this for our system of government, and it’s great for the American people,” said Republican Rep. from New York Claudia Tenney. “If we’re going to have self-government, we’ve got to show this” to the public.”
She further stated that she was not happy with Gaetz’s support for McCarthy.
“I disagree with his position” of refusing to support McCarthy. “But that’s OK. We’re still going to be friends tomorrow after this is all said and done,” she said.
“There’s a point in time where you’ve got to give up on your position — after getting everything you want. … At that point, you’re not really negotiating. You’re more of a hostage-taker,” she noted further.
Earlier this Friday, Gaetz also pressurized to walk out from Congress if moderate GOP members came upon a deal with Democrats to pick their leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries from New York, or help select McCarthy over the disapprovals of House conservatives.
Other than that, the Republican from Florida was seen as confident, because all 212 Democrats would be supporting Jeffries to secure the Speakership, taking Nancy Pelosi’s place.