House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) this month was voted into leadership in an unprecedented succession of 15 ballots in the House. During the voting, the negotiations between liberal RINO Republicans and conservative Republicans were heated, but some Republicans say it was exactly what was needed to bring issues to the forefront that have stalled with the two factions of the Republican party in opposition with one another. Final deals were made, and the vote saw McCarthy in leadership.
One of the differences between the two factions of republicans is the MAGA conservative belief that the 2020 election across the country was fraught with fraud and deception, as evidenced by the many lawsuits that are still ongoing regarding election procedures in many states. One lawsuit in Georgia has just been sent back to the lower court by the Supreme Court in order to be resolved.
In agreement, Republicans and Speaker McCarthy are suggesting transparency in both the happenings at the Capitol and on the floor of Congress in the future.
McCarthy has agreed to release all security footage from the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol Building after it has been hidden from the public for more than two years, according to a couple of GOP lawmakers — Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Lauren Boebert of Colorado.
During a Friday evening appearance on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s prime-time program, Gaetz suggested that the new speaker agreed to do so as part of a deal to win his and Boebert’s support, two Republicans in a group of about 20 that held back their support for days, denying him the speaker’s gavel.
“The American people deserve to know the truth about what happened on January 6th. We have demanded to see all the footage. Transparency is coming,” Gaetz said. “Every time from the JFK files, to 9/11, to now January 6th. It’s our own government, our own Department of Justice that seems to stand in the way of transparency.”
The American people deserve to know the truth about what happened on January 6th.
We have demanded to see all the footage.
Transparency is coming. pic.twitter.com/C2jAo6yl0P
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 14, 2023
He also doubled down on his call to bring in more CSPAN cameras to the House floor.
“If we had cameras on the floor, my suspicion is we would have far better attendance during debates that impact the lives of our fellow Americans,” he said.
Boebert added on Twitter: “Speaker McCarthy says he’ll be releasing ALL the footage from January 6th. Considering all the public has seen are edited clips from a bunch of Democrats with an axe to grind, it sure will be nice to get some unbiased footage.”
Speaker McCarthy says he’ll be releasing ALL the footage from January 6th.
Considering all the public has seen are edited clips from a bunch of Democrats with an axe to grind, it sure will be nice to get some unbiased footage.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 14, 2023
AP reported on the drama that involved Gaetz after the GOP lawmaker from Florida voted “present,” initially denying McCarthy’s victory by a single vote during a late Friday evening session.
“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.
A video clip of a frustrated McCarthy confronting Gaetz after his first “present” went viral online:
🚨 BREAKING: Matt Gaetz votes present, leaving Kevin McCarthy one vote short of being confirmed as Speaker.
McCarthy is NOT happy 😂pic.twitter.com/dWcDjTQAVo
— Patriot Alerts (@alerts___) January 7, 2023
The newswire noted further:
“All day Friday, McCarthy had been inching ever closer to taking up the gavel as he won over multiple diehard conservative critics and resistors. McCarthy, who flipped 15 colleagues to supporters in dramatic votes on Friday afternoon, returned to the chamber at 10 p.m. ET with hopes high that he’d woo enough additional hardliners to put him over the top.
But then came a surprising loss, with him snagging 216 votes, just one shy of the 217 needed to get a House majority after two colleagues, Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz, merely voted “present.”
What followed was some extraordinary drama, as McCarthy and Gaetz appeared to exchange sharp words on the House floor. A vote to adjourn till Monday was quickly introduced, but was then walked back as supporters did a U-turn and rescinded votes.”
Despite the drama, Republicans are happy with the negotiations and the rules package that came from the heated discussions, Conservative Brief reports.
“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 Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.). “If we’re going to have self-government, we’ve got to show this” to the public.”
She also said she did not agree with Gaetz’s continuing to hold out 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.