Stopgap Passage Results In Vacating McCarthy’s Speakership

October 4, 2023
TFR Staff
Federal Government, Kevin McCarthy, Spending

In recent developments, the budgetary decisions and the political maneuvering in the U.S. Congress have taken an unforeseen turn, spotlighting the fiscal discourse that underpins our nation’s governance.

The passage of the stopgap resolution, a temporary measure to prevent a government shutdown and ensure continued funding, unraveled a series of events that ultimately culminated in the unseating of U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R).

The budget for the fiscal year 2023 was signed into law by President Biden on December 29, 2022, with a hefty price tag of $1.7 trillion, following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 by the House of Representatives. This omnibus spending bill was an aggregation of all 12 fiscal year 2023 appropriations bills, showcasing the propensity of the government to continue to waste tax dollars and refuse to get the deficit under control​​.

In a parallel narrative, the stopgap resolution was enacted to fund the government through mid-November, averting a government shutdown momentarily. This short-term funding bill was signed into law by President Biden with mere minutes to spare, illustrating the eleventh-hour politics that often characterize budgetary negotiations in the Capitol​.

Fiscal conservatives advocate for a disciplined budget that adheres to the principles of limited government, efficiency, and fiscal responsibility. The mammoth budget for 2023 and the necessity for a stopgap resolution underscore the lack of fiscal restraint and foresightedness in budgetary planning. The stopgap resolution, though averting a shutdown, is indicative of a reactionary rather than a proactive approach to fiscal policy. Conservatives worry that continued deficits will lead to the collapse of the U.S. dollar and an economic depression in the very near future if we do not start running surpluses.

Unfolding amidst these fiscal deliberations was the unprecedented ousting of Speaker Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy faced a motion to vacate, which was filed following a marathon series of votes nearly 10 months ago that initially seated him as the Speaker of the House.

This motion, spearheaded by Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz (R), was an extraordinary move that marked the first successful attempt to unseat a Speaker in U.S. history​.

The removal of McCarthy is a stark reminder of the tumultuous political landscape, with fiscal conservatism being a pivotal discussion point. The discourse surrounding fiscal responsibility, government spending, and budgetary efficiency is not merely a partisan endeavor but a fundamental aspect of effective governance. McCarthy’s ousting, resulting from both the refusal to pass sound fiscal policy and broken promises made to a small political caucus to win his speakership, should be a warning to future Speakers who might try to play the same old political games.

Americans have had enough of D.C. swamp politics and empty promises.

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