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House Democrats Support Gaetz’s Motion to Remove McCarthy as Speaker

House Democrats Support Gaetz’s Motion to Remove McCarthy as Speaker

Kevin McCarthy (L) and Hakeem Jeffries

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the Democratic leader, announced his party’s support for the motion to vacate the chair.


The internal discord within the GOP escalated as Democratic House Minority Leader, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, announced the Democratic leadership’s backing of Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz’s audacious motion to unseat Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

This development follows Gaetz’s discontent with McCarthy’s perceived close engagements with Democrats on spending legislation.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Jeffries provided a scathing critique of the Republican majority, accusing them of restructuring the House to favor right-wing extremists and undermining bipartisan governance.

He pointed out several instances of the GOP’s unwillingness to collaborate, such as the alteration of the Motion to Vacate the Chair, which previously required a directive from the Majority or Minority Leader but was changed to allow any GOP member to deploy it.

Jeffries also highlighted the Republicans’ derailment of bipartisan efforts on crucial legislative matters, including the National Defense Authorization Act and a temporary fix to avert a government shutdown. The Democratic leader emphasized the importance of the upcoming motion to vacate the chair vote, urging GOP members to end the internal conflict and distance themselves from MAGA extremism.

He wrote, “In that regard, House Democrats remain willing to find common ground on an enlightened path forward. Unfortunately, our extreme Republican colleagues have shown no willingness to do the same. It is now the responsibility of the GOP members to end the House Republican Civil War. Given their unwillingness to break from MAGA extremism in an authentic and comprehensive manner, House Democratic leadership will vote yes on the pending Republican Motion to Vacate the Chair.”

Gaetz’s discontent erupted over the weekend when McCarthy leaned on Democratic votes to pass a continuing resolution after failing to secure enough Republican support for government funding proposals to avoid a government shutdown.

This act agitated Gaetz and his hard-right allies, who subsequently launched the motion threatening to destabilize the fragile unity within the GOP.

Gaetz, known for his anti-LGBTQ+ stances, had reportedly initiated covert talks with Democrats to oust McCarthy. This move seemed a situational alliance, contrasting Gaetz’s usual adversarial stance against collaborations with Democrats to prevent a government shutdown.

The unfolding situation has led to a precarious dance between McCarthy, his allies, and the Democrats, whose role could be decisive in determining McCarthy’s fate.

Despite the unfolding drama, McCarthy remains defiant, showcasing his resolve on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, with a “Bring it on” stance against the internal assault led by Gaetz.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are cautiously evaluating their position as the potential kingmakers in this scenario. The Democratic leadership’s support for Gaetz’s motion underscores their willingness to combat what they perceive as extreme governance from the right-wing factions of the GOP.

However, their support comes with an expectation of certain concessions, reflecting a broader strategy to marginalize hard-line conservatives and advocate for a centrist legislative approach.

Apart from potentially paralyzing legislative processes, this fracas also hints at a deeper ideological rift within the GOP, with repercussions that could extend to the 2024 general elections. As the saga continues, the potential fallout could significantly impact the GOP’s unity and legislative agenda amidst fears of another government shutdown looming on November 17.

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