However, nine Republicans rejected McCarthy’s proposed rules while five remain committed to the no vote.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) promised to make removing the House Speaker easier to secure more votes to become Speaker of the House.
The new rule would allow “for any five Republican representatives to force of vote of no confidence in the Speaker.”
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s rules stated a House Leadership member of the majority party had “to initiate a vote” against the Speaker.
The new promise goes with McCarthy’s vow to end “proxy voting and virtual participation in hearings.”
McCarthy wrote to his colleagues:
“Just as the Speaker is elected by the whole body, we will restore the ability for any 5 members of the majority party to initiate a vote to remove the Speaker if so warranted,” he wrote in a letter to his Republican colleagues on Sunday.
“Congress was never intended for Zoom, and no longer will members be able to phone it in while attending lavish international weddings or sailing on their boat. We will meet, gather and debate in person — just as the founders envisioned,” he added.
The Republicans have control of the House with this new Congress but with a small majority.
McCarthy needs 218 votes to become Speaker. You can read all the new proposed rules here.
Five Republicans already said they would not vote for McCarthy on Tuesday:
- Andy Biggs (AZ)
- Matt Gaetz (FL)
- Bob Good (VA)
- Ralph Norman (SC)
- Matt Rosendale (MT)
Good said this morning on Fox News:
I won’t vote for Kevin McCarthy tomorrow. He’s part of the problem. He’s not part of the solution. I’ll be following the will of my constituents, the voters from Virginia’s Fifth District, hundreds of which have told me over the past couple of years not to support Kevin McCarthy. What I told them when I started my first term two years ago is I would judge him by what he did as minority leader. And there’s nothing he’s done to earn my vote. There’s nothing that indicates to me that he’s going to change his pattern since he’s been in leadership where he’s part of the swamp cartel. He’s the reason on the Republican side why we passed massive omnibus spending bills like just got rammed down our throats by Republicans in the Senate. He was part of that in leadership, since he’s been in leadership over the past eight years. There’s nothing about Kevin McCarthy that indicates that he will bring the change that’s needed to Washington or that’s needed to the Congress, or he’ll bring the fight against the Biden-Schumer agenda and represent the interests of the voters who sent us to Washington to bring real change.
Good also mentioned the five Republicans have a backup candidate, but did not name him: “You’ll see that name tomorrow on the second ballot.”
Nine Republicans do not approve of McCarthy’s proposed rules:
- Dan Bishop (NC)
- Andrew Clyde (GA)
- Eli Crane (AZ)
- Paul Gosar (AZ)
- Andy Harris (MD)
- Anna Paulina Luna (FL)
- Andy Ogles (TN)
- Scott Perry (PA)
- Chip Roy (TX)
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