McCarthy removed from House speaker role

U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., became the first sitting speaker to be ousted from his position on Tuesday.

For the first time in U.S. history, Congress voted to oust a sitting speaker of the House Tuesday afternoon.

House members voted 216-210 to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from his leadership role. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., led the opposition by filing a motion to vacate the speakership on Monday. That resolution drew support from more than a handful of conservative Republicans and the majority of Democrats.

House Republicans have no permanent successor set to lead in his place. McCarthy ally Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., on Tuesday was named speaker pro tempore and will serve in the office until a new speaker is chosen.

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Why did Gaetz make the motion? Some conservative House Republicans said they had lost confidence in McCarthy after he courted Democrats’ votes over the weekend to pass a measure temporarily funding the government. Gaetz also accused McCarthy of making a deal with the White House to advance legislation funding Ukraine in its war with Russia.

This story originally appeared in WORLD. © 2023, reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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