McCarthy Ousted From House Speaker Role

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( – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) responded to the motion to vacate filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) calling for him to “Bring it on” in a social media post that was posted only minutes after the motion was filed.

In response to McCarthy’s post, Gaetz wrote “Just did.”

On Monday night, the Florida representative filed a motion to vacate after making threats for the past few weeks that they would get McCarthy ousted from the Speakership. This was not a surprising move, as Gaetz had revealed to CNN earlier on Monday that he was intending to bring forward the motion within the week.

The motion was filed following McCarthy’s decision on Saturday to bring forward a measure that helped the government avoid a government shutdown through a bill that passed with bipartisan support through both the House and Senate.

McCarthy appeared certain that he would be able to fend off Gaetz’s attack and even told reporters on Monday morning that he had “very strong” support within his conference. On Sunday, McCarthy also told CBS News that he was going to “survive” and argued that the situation with Gaetz was personal.

However, it would seem that Rep. McCarthy’s confidence was misplaced. In an unprecedented vote on Tuesday night, McCarthy lost his Speakership role. Democrats joined Republicans in ousting McCarthy with a final vote of 216-210. Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) will serve as acting Speaker until a vote can be held to fill the vacancy. McCarthy has said he will not run for Speaker a second time.

Rep. Gaetz suggested House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) should be the next speaker, saying, “The best way to advance the conservative agenda is to move forward with a new speaker.”

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