– Historic vote: Removal of Kevin McCarthy from Speaker of the House of Representatives
For the first time in US history, a leader in the House of Representatives has been removed from his powerful position by a parliamentary vote.
In a historic precedent, the US House of Representatives dismissed its Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy. A majority of lawmakers voted on Tuesday in favor of a motion by far-right Matt Gaetz to remove McCarthy from the upper house of Congress. McCarthy lost one Internal struggle for power in the party In a dispute over budget policy, he was impeached as the first Speaker of the House of Representatives in the history of the United States.
216 representatives voted in favor of removing the 58-year-old politician from California – eight Republicans from the right wing of the party and 208 representatives from the Democrats, to which President Joe Biden belongs. 210 Republican representatives voted against the removal.
Gates, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, held a party on Monday evening A motion was made to remove McCarthy. The backdrop is the row over a budget freeze that was averted at the last minute at the weekend. McCarthy had agreed with Democrats in the House of Representatives on a compromise to fund the US federal authorities until November 17 in order to prevent the so-called shutdown.
Gates, who insists on massive spending cuts, sharply criticized McCarthy for this. McCarthy is also accused of concluding a “secret” agreement with President Joe Biden to obtain new aid for Ukraine.
Before the plenary vote, Gaetz engaged in heated debates with other Republicans who supported McCarthy. “You can boo all you want,” he shouted at one point. The McCarthyites warned that impeaching the president would “paralyze” the House of Congress, turn the public against Republicans, and ultimately benefit Democrats.
McCarthy still has the support of the vast majority of Republican representatives. However, conservatives in the House only have such a narrow majority that five right-wing Republican hardliners would be enough to oust McCarthy if Democrats vote unanimously against the president.
McCarthy made clear on Tuesday that he would not make any deals with Democrats to remain in office. The Democratic leadership, in turn, made clear that it does not see it as its mission to prevent the Republican’s dismissal, even if that might lead to chaos in the House of Representatives.
McCarthy assumed leadership of the House of Representatives at the beginning of the year after Republicans won a narrow majority in the midterm congressional elections in November 2022. It was clear from the beginning that McCarthy would have difficulty facing the resistance of the far-right wing of his party. He needed 15 ballots in January to be elected Speaker of the House.
US President Biden is pressing for a later solution
After the dismissal of Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, US President Joe Biden called on Congress to expedite the election of his successor. “The urgent challenges facing our country will not wait,” Biden spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday. The president therefore hopes that the House of Representatives will “quickly” elect a new president.
“The American people deserve political leaders who will put the issues that shape their lives front and center,” Jean-Pierre continued. “President Biden has proven that he always wants to work with both parties in Congress (…) for the American people.” The Democratic Party politician is already looking forward to working with the future leadership of the House of Representatives.
McCarthy decided not to run again
The dismissed Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, does not want to run for this powerful position again. “I will not run for president again,” McCarthy said Tuesday evening after the historic vote that ousted the Republican from office. He allowed his group to elect someone else.