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Gas stove protection bills suffer major setback as House Republicans express frustration with McCarthy

A slate of GOP bills to protect natural gas-powered stoves from federal bans suffered a significant setback Tuesday after a group of House Republicans tanked a procedural measure moving the bills forward.

In a surprise 220-206 vote, a resolution to establish the rules for a floor vote on the Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act and Save Our Stoves Act failed with 12 Republicans voting alongside Democrats. The setback was delivered by a group of GOP members – including Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Dan Bishop, R-N.C., and Chip Roy, R-Texas – who expressed frustration with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership.

“Today, we took down the rule because we’re frustrated at the way this place is operating,” Gaetz told reporters on the Capitol steps during the vote. “We took a stand in January to end the era of the imperial speakership. We’re concerned that the fundamental commitments that allowed Kevin McCarthy to assume the speakership have been violated as a consequence of the debt limit deal.”

“The answer for us is to reassert House conservatives as the appropriate coalition partner for our leadership instead of them making common cause with Democrats,” he continued. “We’re not going to live in a system where our members are subjected to this type of petty punishment. And we’re not going to live in a system where our constituents are left abandoned by anyone here in the Congress.”

DEMOCRAT-LED CITIES ARE ALREADY MOVING FORWARD WITH GAS STOVE BANS THAT WILL AFFECT MILLIONS

During the vote Tuesday, Republican Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., was seen engaged in a tense conversation with several Republicans who ultimately voted against the resolution. A source aware of the floor conversations told Fox News Digital that lawmakers were upset with Scalise about the pistol brace issue. 

In a tweet following the vote, Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., another Republican who voted against the resolution, said leadership “failed to bring Andrew Clyde’s bill to repeal the unconstitutional [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] pistol brace rule to the floor.”

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The Gas Stove Protection and Freedom Act, introduced by Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-N.D., would bar federal dollars from going toward regulatory efforts to ban gas stoves. The second bill, the Save Our Gas Stoves Act, from Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., would block the Department of Energy from implementing tougher conservation standards on stoves.

Both pieces of legislation have been opposed by the White House.

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