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U.S. House Is Without a Leader After Historic Vote to Remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker

HeadlineOct 04, 2023

For the first time ever, the U.S. House voted to remove its speaker, California Republican Kevin McCarthy, plunging the chamber into even greater turmoil. The far-right flank of the Republican Party and all Democrats voted Tuesday to oust McCarthy in a 216-210 vote. It came just days after McCarthy worked with Democrats to pass a stopgap bill to avert a government shutdown. McCarthy spoke after his ouster.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “I don’t regret standing up for choosing governing over grievance. It is my responsibility. It is my job. I do not regret negotiating. Our government is designed to find compromise.”

McCarthy has accused Florida’s far-right Congressmember Matt Gaetz, who set the vote in motion, of a personally motivated attack. The House Ethics Committee has been investigating Gaetz for a range of possible crimes, including sex trafficking and misuse of campaign funds. The House will now have to vote for a new leader with no clear successor in sight, as Congress has just over six weeks to again avoid a shutdown. We’ll go to D.C. for the latest with California Congressmember Ro Khanna after headlines.

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