by Addison Smith
In an unexpected GOP roadblock Tuesday, Republicans voted against a rule that would enable a vote on protecting gas stoves from heavy regulations and bans, citing the recent McCarthy-Biden debt limit deal as their reason for the setback.
Initially, the House was expected to smoothly pass the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act and the Save Our Gas Stoves Act on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. However, a 206-220 vote against proceeding with debate on the bills has brought the legislation to a screeching halt when 11 Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus sided with Democrats in defiance to GOP handling of debt ceiling negotiations.
“We took down the rule because we’re frustrated at the way this place is operating,” Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz said Tuesday afternoon, adding that the group is “concerned” that promises which helped McCarthy get elected “have been violated as a consequence of the debt limit deal.”
This is the first time in more than two decades that a rule has failed to move forward in the House.
Texas Republican Chip Roy also voted against the rule, seconding Gaetz’ disgruntlement over the debt ceiling “failure.”
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