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 September 25, 2023

Kevin McCarthy's camp bracing for no-confidence vote

An ally of Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the current Speaker of the House, has stated that the Republican leader is preparing a vote of no confidence in order to put an end to the "games" that are posing a threat to McCarthy's position.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) informed CNN that he "perhaps" will bring forward his "motion to vacate" this week, as the Daily Wire reported.

Such a move would dare McCarthy's opponents within the Republican Party to vote on removing him from his position as speaker of the House.

Graves stated, "I drafted a motion to vacate for the speaker" and continued, "I've got it sitting on my desk right now."

The congressman added, “And I said, ‘Look, if you’re going to keep hanging this over [his] head and playing these games, let’s just do it now, let’s get it over with. Get your little games over with and then we’ll get back to the things that actually matter.’”

There has been considerable discussion over a potential challenge to McCarthy's position as speaker, which comes at a time when Congress is engaged in a fight over spending for federal agencies, which may lead to a shutdown of the government at the end of the month if a compromise is not found.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has said that a motion to vacate the position of House Speaker should be brought against McCarthy if he does not abide by the "deal" that was struck in January and which allowed him to win the position of speaker after 15 rounds of voting.

According to Gaetz, the requirements included commitments on expenditure, term restrictions, and the release of the tapes from January 6.

Graves attacked the conservative members of the Republican Party for their opposition to a short-term spending package that would provide legislators additional time to finish the appropriations process for the coming fiscal year.

Graves is also said to have accused these members of entering into a "partnership" with Democrats to pursue their "personal agendas."

He stated, “They’ve sort of created this quandary that we’re in right now, and it’s something that we have been trying to avoid now for months."

Graves also reportedly accused these members of going into "partnership" with Democrats.

According to the rules package for the House that was passed for this session of Congress, all that is required to begin the procedure that could lead to a vote of no confidence in the speaker is the participation of a single member.

It just takes a simple majority for such a vote to be successful, which means that Democrats and even a few disgruntled Republicans could work together to remove McCarthy from his position.

McCarthy stated the previous week that the "threats don't matter" and vowed "to continue just to focus on what's the right thing to do for the American people."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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