McCarthy Faces Risk of Losing Speaker’s Gavel

(Washington, DC) — A group of conservatives on Capitol Hill is trying to boot Kevin McCarthy from the Speaker’s chair. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz put forward a motion to vacate the chair Monday, a procedural move that allows any one member to call for a new Speaker election. It comes after McCarthy worked with Democrats to pass a short-term funding bill to keep the government open. In the slim House majority, just a handful of Republicans could be enough to push McCarthy out, depending on how Democrats vote. Democrats could ultimately decide whether McCarthy holds onto the gavel. The Speaker today said he has not cut a deal with Democrats to win their votes. A vote could come as early as today.

Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House