Headline RoundupOctober 2nd, 2023

Gaetz Launches Bid to Oust McCarthy as House Speaker

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) announced on Sunday that he will force a motion to vacate on ousting House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) this week.

Key Details: Gaetz would need a vast number of Democrats to vote with him in order to oust McCarthy since a majority vote in the House is required. McCarthy reportedly has about 200 Republicans ready to back him.

Key Quote: “I have a requisite number of House Republicans, a sufficient number, to ensure that we don’t own Kevin McCarthy anymore. By week’s end, he will either not be speaker or he will be speaker serving at the pleasure of Democrats,” said Gaetz.

For Context: McCarthy worked with Democrats on Saturday to avoid a government shutdown after Gaetz and some of his colleagues opposed any Republican spending measures. McCarthy secured his position as Speaker last January by accepting a course of action that would allow a single member to call a vote to remove him from that position. No House Speaker has ever been removed from office, though a number of them have resigned.

How the Media Covered it: Some media on the right praised McCarthy and said he made the right choice in order to avoid a shutdown, while dismissing Gaetz's effort as unproductive and theatrical. Some left-rated sources noted that Gaetz's efforts to remove McCarthy will not be easy.

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