(SNews) – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has threatened to resign from Congress if Democrats join up with GOP representatives to elect a moderate Republican as Speaker of the House.
The rumored plan could happen if Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) can’t secure enough votes to win the speakership or be forced to step down if Gaetz and other GOP rebels continue to hold out.
The Democrats have floated the idea a few times and would love the power they would get by providing the votes for the next speaker.
Democrats would insist on co-control of committees and subpoena power, according to some reports.
However, other Democrats say they may join moderate Republicans simply for a deal on the debt ceiling.
The debt ceiling will have to be raised at some point over the next year and Gaetz and others are insisting on massive spending cuts from President Joe Biden for raising the ceiling.
Gaetz appeared on Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show last night where he made the statement.
BREAKING: Rep. @MattGaetz:
“If Democrats join up to elect a moderate Republican, I will resign from the House of Representatives” pic.twitter.com/UEIirVUco6
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) January 6, 2023