Headline RoundupOctober 4th, 2023

What's Next After McCarthy's Expulsion From House Speakership?

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Now that Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has been ousted as Speaker of the House, what happens next?

Key Details: There is currently no clear front-runner for the job, but Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) are two likely candidates. The House cannot consider bills or hold votes until the next speaker is chosen. Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is serving as acting House speaker in the interim.

Key Quote: “The conservative agenda was being paralyzed by speaker McCarthy. We haven’t even sent a subpoena to Hunter Biden. Our oversight was lackluster. Our spending priorities were misaligned. Our top-line budget would lead to more debt, more challenges. The best way to advance the conservative agenda is to move forward with a new speaker,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who led the push to remove McCarthy.

For Context: Anyone can be nominated for speaker, though historically the job has always been filled by a current member of the House. However, the Constitution does not require the speaker to be a current member of Congress.

How the Media Covered it: Some right-rated sources said Gaetz lacks a plan to balance the books and run the House's business more transparently. Some left-rated sources previewed the chaos that could occur because there is no apparent successor to McCarthy.

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