Is Kevin McCarthy TOAST? Up to SEVEN Republicans plan to vote with Matt Gaetz and all


House Democrats were clear on Tuesday they are not voting in any way, shape or form to save Kevin McCarthy‘s job as speaker as his future looks grim.

‘We’re not voting in any way that would help save Speaker McCarthy,’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal said outside the House Democrats’ meeting in the basement of the Capitol. ‘Nobody trusts Kevin McCarthy, and why should they?’

McCarthy’s future looked bleak as he said he will call a vote on Tuesday afternoon on a motion to oust him from the speakership. He made clear he will not cut a deal with Democrats to stay in power, setting up an unpredictable showdown after Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz’s motion on Monday night to remove him from power.

Gaetz presented a ‘motion to vacate,’ a legislative maneuver that would result in the ousting of the speaker if a majority of the House approves it. The vote could happen around 1:30pm or 2pm ET on Tuesday afternoon. 

If four Republicans defect and no Democrat helps McCarthy, he will lose. And up to seven GOP lawmakers have indicated they will go with Gaetz and vote against the speaker. 

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will face a vote on his future on Tuesday afternoon

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy will face a vote on his future on Tuesday afternoon

What is a ‘motion to vacate the chair’ 

The rules of the House allow for any single lawmaker — Democrat or Republican — to make a ‘motion to vacate the chair,’ essentially an attempt to oust the speaker from that leadership post through a privileged resolution. 

Gaetz filed it on Monday evening and the House has two legislative days to vote on it. 

Next steps:  McCarthy allies will likely seek to block it by offering a ‘motion to table’- or set aside – the resolution.

That is where Democrats can help save McCarthy, if they support the move to table the matter. 

Democrats don’t have to vote yes to help McCarthy. They could simply vote present, or not show up at all, and that would lower the threshold McCarthy needs to block the motion. 

If McCarthy’s allies fail to table the motion, the House would then move to a vote on removing McCarthy.

Again, Democrats could save him by voting in his support or just by voting present or being absent.

If Gaetz’s motion succeeds, the speakership would be vacated and the House would then need to hold a new election. 

A speaker candidate would need to win a majority of votes from those lawmakers present and voting. In January it took McCarthy 15 rounds of votes to secure the speakership. 

McCarthy, coming out a meeting with House Republicans on Tuesday morning, said he was confident he would stay as speaker. 

‘We’ll move through this,’ he said. ‘If I counted how many times someone wanted to knock me out, I would have been gone a long time ago.’

But McCarthy holds a narrow majority in the House. And Democrats could prove his saving grace – if they wanted to. 

For Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries and his caucus it is a tough choice: save McCarthy and stay with the speaker they know or vote for his ouster and see who winds up with the votes from Republicans to be in the speaker’s chair. 

Jeffries and McCarthy spoke on Monday night but neither offered details of the conversation.

McCarthy is prepared to face his fate head on. When he calls the ‘motion to vacate’ to the floor, his allies will seek to block it by offering a ‘motion to table’- or set aside – the resolution.

That is where Democrats can help save McCarthy, if they support the move to table the matter. 

Democrats don’t have to vote yes to help McCarthy. They could simply vote present, or not show up at all, and that would lower the threshold McCarthy needs to block the motion. 

They are indicating they will not do this. 

If the motion to table fails, McCarthy doesn’t have to immediately bring up Gaetz’s motion to oust him.

He has 48 hours before he’d be obligated to call a vote on the matter, which could give him time to try and wrangle more lawmakers to his side.

But he likely won’t find any support among Democrats, who blasted him as untrustworthy. 

‘This issue is is about Republican dysfunction,’ Rep. Mark Takano said. ‘We don’t have an obligation to elect a Republican Speaker. But we don’t have a particular obligation to also save this speaker. So there’s not a commitment or a feeling that we need to do anything to save the speaker.’

‘We’re not here to keep Kevin McCarthy in power. This is their problem. If they have the votes to keep him, then so be it,’ Representative Jim McGovern said.

Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger said of McCarthy: ‘He has made his bed.’ 

All of the Democrats said they were united behind their leader, Hakeem Jeffries.

And Jeffries gave no indication of his plan as he left Tuesday morning’s meeting. 

‘House Democrats are going to continue to push people over politics and to fight to make life better for everyday Americans,’ he said, adding Republicans should ‘break from the extremists, end the chaos, end the dysfunction, end the extremism.’

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries is showing no sign he will save Kevin McCarthy

House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries is showing no sign he will save Kevin McCarthy

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz moved to remove Kevin McCarthy from speaker's office

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz moved to remove Kevin McCarthy from speaker’s office

Inside a closed-door meeting with Democrats on Tuesday morning, Jeffries pointed out it was their party that gave McCarthy the votes this weekend to pass a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown. 

Then he showed a video clip of McCarthy going on CBS’ Face the Nation to talk about how Republicans saved the country from a shutdown mess.

Democrats said it was episodes like that which led to them not trusting McCarthy, along with McCarthy’s actions on January 6th, his trip to Mar-a-Lago to make amends with Donald Trump, his attempt to discredit the January 6th committee, and his reneging on debt limit deal.

‘For many of us, there is a consensus that this is not somebody that can be trusted. And it is not our job to save him as a speaker,’ Rep. Ilhan Omar said.

Jayapal said the distrust goes back to the January 6th insurrection when McCarthy went from railing against Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election results to embracing the former president.

‘For a lot of us, we were here. It is still deeply emotional for us,’ she said. ‘Kevin McCarthy stood on the House floor and said one thing and then talked to Donald Trump and immediately did something else.’

Omar noted McCarthy has reneged on spending deals and also allowed the start of an impeachment inquiry of President Joe Biden.

‘He cannot be trusted really plays a huge role in the fact that we all know that there is no real deal to be made here,’ she said.

Even moderate Democrats said they wouldn’t help McCarthy.

Rep. Jared Golden,  a moderate Democrat who sometimes votes with Republicans, said he would vote to oust McCarthy.

‘The GOP has control of the House and it is their responsibility to pick their leaders. That decision has nothing to do with me or with any Democrat,’ Golden said in a statement. ‘Absent any significantly meaningful benefit for Maine’s Second District, I see no reason to vote for him.’

Democrats met for over two hours on Tuesday morning in the basement of the Capitol. Leadership offered all the members one minute to speak and 33 people took up the offer, going to the microphone to discuss the matter. 

The meeting went on so long that aides brought in Cava for lunch. Cheers and applause could be heard at several times throughout the morning. 

Gaetz’s move is the first time a ‘motion to vacate’ has been used against a speaker. 

The Florida Republican charges McCarthy with breaking his word to conservatives on spending deals and how he would run the House. 

But McCarthy and his allies say it’s a personal vendetta, pointing to the Ethics committee looking into several allegations against Gaetz, including illicit drug use, sexual misconduct and misusing campaign funds.

‘Matt Gaetz had planned to do this from the very beginning,’ McCarthy told CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box.’ ‘He has personal things in his life that he has challenges with. That’s fine.’

McCarthy has said repeatedly he doesn’t get involved in ethics complaints.

‘He’s been blaming me for some for an ethics complaint against him that happened in the last Congress,’ McCarthy noted. 

‘I have nothing to do with he wants me to try to wipe that away. I’m not going to do that. That’s illegal. And you know what, if some way I lose my job because I uphold the law because I uphold the continuity of government. So be it.’

And some charge Gaetz with trying to garner attention ahead of a plan to run for Florida governor. 

Gaetz was easily able to make his move to oust McCarthy because of a deal made back in January when McCarthy was trying to secure enough Republican votes to be speaker. To garner enough support from the conservative wing of the party, McCarthy agreed to their demand to give them the ability to call a quick vote to ‘vacate the chair’ and remove him from office.

Gaetz, in remarks on the House floor in Monday, charged McCarthy with a ‘secret deal’ with Democrats to fund Ukraine. Many conservative Republicans want to end U.S. aid to the war-torn country.

McCarthy denied the charge, saying there’s no secret plan. 

Gaetz, meanwhile, noted of McCarthy: ‘If he’s able to stay in power, it will be him working for the Democrats, continuing to do their bidding. So this is a revealing exercise, and I think it will show the country who’s really in charge.’

‘I have enough Republicans where at this point next week, one of two things will happen: Kevin McCarthy won´t be the speaker of the House or he´ll be the speaker of the House working at the pleasure of the Democrats,’ Gaetz said.

McCarthy responded to matter on social media, writing on X: ‘Bring it on.’

Gaetz soon retorted in a post, ‘Just did.’



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