Nearly a dozen members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus revolted against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday, tanking a procedural vote that had been expected to pass easily with Republican support.
In a vote of 206 to 220, the rebellious Republicans joined Democrats in preventing debate on a pair of GOP bills that would ramp up gas stove protections.
The publicly humiliating blow for McCarthy and House Republican leadership follows intraparty discord around the debt ceiling deal brokered by the speaker and President Biden.
“There’s a lot of discussions that’s going on among the group that’s very healthy, and I look forward to getting back together later,” said House Republican Whip Tom Emmer, putting a positive spin on the fallout.
Republicans scrambled and began meeting on the House floor after the rare failure of a so-called rule vote to allow debate on the gas stove bills.
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