Update 1: It’s over. Kevin McCarthy is no longer Speaker of the House.
According to Fox News:
Lawmakers have voted to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., from his leadership role, the first time in the history of the House of Representatives that the chamber voted to boot a member from the top job.
Eight Republicans voted with every present Democrat to vacate the speaker’s chair. The final vote was 216 to 210 in favor of McCarthy’s ouster.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introduced a measure against McCarthy known as a motion to vacate on Monday night, accusing him of breaking promises he made to win the speaker’s gavel in January.
Tensions flared during an hour of debate before the actual motion to vacate, after 11 Republicans voted with every Democrat to advance the measure. McCarthy’s allies had taken up all of the microphones on the GOP side of the chamber, forcing Gaetz to make his case from the side where Democrats traditionally sit.
Eight Republicans, including Andy Biggs of Arizona, Ken Buck of Colorado, Tim Burchett of Tennessee, Eli Crane of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Bob Good of Virginia, Nancy Mace of South Carolina, and Matt Rosendale of Montana, joined forces with the entire Democratic conference…
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) October 3, 2023
Here’s Gaetz’s reaction after the vote.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy’s future is in jeopardy. After many analysts believed he was safe from Congressman Matt Gaetz’s motion for him to vacate the seat, the improbable became reality.
JUST IN: Speaker Kevin McCarthy has *LOST* the vote to dismiss a motion to vacate the chair.
His Speakership is now in jeopardy. pic.twitter.com/zWjA72U1DA
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) October 3, 2023
According to Financial Times:
Kevin McCarthy’s position as Speaker of the House of Representatives was in peril on Tuesday after 11 Republicans voted to proceed with an effort to oust him and Democrats said they would not back him in the face of a Republican rebellion.
In a crucial procedural vote on Tuesday afternoon, the House voted 218-208 to proceed with a challenge to McCarthy from Matt Gaetz, the firebrand Republican congressman from Florida who spearheaded the rebellion after the Speaker struck a deal with Democrats to avert a government shutdown over the weekend.
The procedural vote sets the stage for a final vote later on Tuesday that is likely to see McCarthy removed as Speaker.
We’ll be monitoring this VERY closely and will update when news breaks.