GOP Rep To Leave Key Committee After House Floor Controversy

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., gestures during a motion to adjourn after the 14th round of voting for speaker in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

At a glance

  • Republican Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers is reportedly stepping down from the House Steering Committee, days after he charged Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz during a late-night speaker vote.
  • Rogers, an eleven-term congressman and the newly-elected chair of the House Armed Services Committee, angrily confronted Gaetz between the fourteenth and fifteenth Speaker votes. Gaetz had voted “present” on the fourteenth ballot, forcing the lower chamber into another roll call vote.
  • Between the votes, Rogers charged Gaetz and had to be held back by GOP North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson.

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