House Democrats and progressives are preparing to file a motion to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker, which has been causing headaches for Kevin McCarthy.
“Why not? You know, it sounds like a good idea. I mean, what do you still need, 218, to get through, right? But listen, man, he’s got a very low approval rating,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman ( DN.Y.) mused. “Whenever we want to cause total chaos, we do it.”
This gambit, known as the motion to withdraw, will almost certainly fail early in the new Congress, as Republicans can use procedural moves to throw out the motion before it actually gets a vote, while Democrats need Republican support to reach all of them. majority vote required. But the enthusiasm of progressives confirmed the fears of McCarthy’s allies — the rules he green-lighted to appease conservatives were prone to frequent headaches.
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The motion would be a way to create confusion and rein in McCarthy with his own rules. Plus, it might work if something really crazy happens. For the most part, though, it’s just something the minority in the House can do because the speaker has a headache with a razor-sharp majority and no margin for error.
If the vote goes to the House, it would be utter madness and a big deal for Kevin McCarthy. A handful of Republicans think they’ve had enough of McCarthy and they can end his Speakership, making last week’s drama seem like a walk in the park.
Speaker McCarthy backed down and now he has to sleep with one eye open as his Speakership could end at any moment.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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