Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) faces attempt to remove him from position

October 3, 2023

I have enough Republicans where at this point next week, one of two things will happen: Kevin McCarthy won’t be the speaker of the House or he’ll be the speaker of the House working at the pleasure of the Democrats.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) after filing a motion on Monday evening to vacate speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The move comes days after McCarthy garnered both Democrat and Republican votes to avert a government shutdown.

Why It Matters: Until Monday’s motion filed on the House floor, a serious effort to remove the speaker of the House has not occurred since 1910; an attempt to remove the speaker of the House through a motion to vacate has never been successful. Following Gaetz motion, the House must act by Wednesday regarding the future of McCarthy. Though McCarthy is one of the top Republican leaders in government, he may need Democrat support to maintain his position.

Gaetz Moves to Oust McCarthy, Threatening His Grip on the Speakership (The New York Times)

Rep. Matt Gaetz files motion to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy, throwing House into new turmoil (The Associated Press)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas