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Rep. Bishop becomes first Republican to publicly support ousting McCarthy over debt ceiling deal

"I think it’s got to be done," Bishop said after the press conference.

Published: May 30, 2023 2:54pm

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) on Tuesday became the first House Republican to publicly approve of forcing Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) out of his position as speaker over the debt ceiling deal he reached with President Joe Biden. 

Bishop was the only Republican at a House Freedom Caucus press conference Tuesday to raise his hand to signal that he would support ousting McCarthy over the deal, which conservative Republicans say does not cut enough spending and raises the debt limit too much.

"I think it’s got to be done," Bishop said after the press conference, The Hill reported.

He also said he would decide "in conjunction with others" about whether he should file a motion to vacate the chair, triggering a vote to remove McCarthy from his position as speaker.

The House Freedom Caucus reportedly discussed forcing a vote to remove McCarthy during a call Monday. 

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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