Trending Politics reports House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s position as speaker of the House may be in jeopardy.
Sources close to the situation report that McCarthy is viewed by GOP Party leaders as floundering — owing to his slim majority vote to assume the speaker role and his bowing to President Joe Biden on several financial issues.
Reportedly, concessions were made with the White House to avert a government shutdown — due to begin on October 1 if government leaders do not strike a budget agreement.
Weakened by weeks of whipping up support just to win his first speakership at the start of the year, McCarthy has only floundered in the eyes of conservatives who feel he caved to Biden during the last government shutdown funding bill. With another funding measure due by the end of September, conservatives have begun an all-out push to win concessions in exchange for their support including the launch of impeachment proceedings against Biden.
Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) expressed frustration with McCarthy, telling Axios: “I think it’s [motion to vacate] in the back of everybody’s mind … If somebody brings that it wouldn’t take much, you know, it just takes a couple of votes.”
Under current guidelines, removing the speaker from their position — a motion to vacate — requires only one member of the House to make a formal proposal to Congress. Though Republicans hold a slim majority in the House, it is likely a dozen or so Democrats would support the proposal and a vote to remove McCarthy would carry.
Firebrand Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) warned that if McCarthy stood in the way of impeachment proceedings, his tenure as speaker would be short-lived.
“When we get back to Washington in the coming weeks, we have got to seize the initiative,” said Gaetz during a recent interview on the Todd Starnes show.
“If Kevin McCarthy stands in our way, [he] may not have the job long,” Gaetz warned.
Removal appears to be possible but not probable at this point. Leading conservatives such as Jim Jordan (R-OH) and James Comer (R-KY) strongly support McCarthy in his current role.
Though some GOP members are not happy with McCarthy on the financial front, most strongly align with his committee appointments and work to expose FBI wrongdoings and his moves to investigate the Biden family.
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