Debt deal with Biden a ‘betrayal’ that could cost McCarthy speakership, House Freedom Caucus member says

Rep. Chip Roy (R, Tex.), a key member of the House of Commons Freedom Caucus (HFC), said on Tuesday that if Republicans do not cancel the debt deal in committee, Kevin McCarthy will be removed from the leadership as Speaker of the House. He said he would consider expulsion.

In an interview with Glenn Beck on Blaze TV on Tuesday morning, Roy called the California Republican McCarthy’s weekend debt-limitation deal with the White House a “betrayal of the power-sharing deal we made.” is. – So McCarthy promised the HFC the votes it needed to secure the chairmanship after 15 ballots in January.

Roy said the deal would add at least $4 trillion to U.S. debt in the absence of significant spending cuts.

If the deal is passed by the House Rules Committee today, Roy said, “then we’ll have to rally and reassess the overall leadership structure.”

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) speaks during a press conference with the House Liberals on the debt limit negotiations at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 10, 2023. (Photo Credit: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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One of the concessions Mr McCarthy made to the HFC in acquiring the gavel was to re-institute a provision on the procedure for removing an incumbent chairman, allowing only one member to force a recall vote at any time for any reason. It was to

Speaker Kevin McCarthy at the microphone

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Republican, California (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Roy is one of at least 10 House Republicans who have said they will vote against the McCarthy-Biden deal.

McCarthy defended the deal in an interview with Fox News Sunday over the weekend, saying, “Maybe it’s not everything for everyone, but this is a step in the right direction that no one expected could happen today. It is,” he said.

Chip Roy surrounded by reporters, US Capitol

Rep. Chip Roy speaks to reporters after leaving the Oval Office of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 25, 2023. (Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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“I will discuss this bill with anyone,” he continued. “Was it all I wanted? No, because we’re not in control of everything. But this is the biggest withdrawal in history. This is the biggest withdrawal that Congress has ever done in the process.” It’s the biggest reduction we’ve voted for.”


The deal would recover some of the unused funds from the COVID-19 pandemic and cut the funds given to the IRS under President Biden’s Inflation Control Act. It also plans to suspend the debt ceiling until after the 2024 presidential election.

Anders Hagstrom of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.

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