Uncertainty Looms as Kevin McCarthy Is Voted Out of House Speakership

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was ousted from his position through a floor vote, making him the first House Speaker to face such a fate instigated by members of his own party. A coalition of eight Republicans, including Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and others, joined forces with Democrats to declare the Speaker’s office vacant with a vote of 216-210.  Lawmakers must now elect a replacement and this process will take precedence over all other legislative matters. The motion to vacate McCarthy came after he had made decisions that drew criticism from some within his own party. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was appointed temporary speaker until a replacement is elected.  It is yet to be seen who the new Speaker will be, but House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) is an early favorite.