As Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) publicly floats a plan to team up with Democrats in an effort to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), some House Democrats say they’re not interested.
Why it matters: A single member can trigger a “motion to vacate” vote, but actually removing the speaker requires a majority of the House and would likely need substantial support from Democrats.
What they’re saying: “Most of us came here to govern and get things done, not indulge Matt Gaetz when he has one of his tantrums,” Rep. Greg Landsman (D-Ohio) told Axios.
The backdrop: Gaetz said last week that the right should try forcing a vote on impeaching President Biden, and that “if Kevin McCarthy stands in our way, he may not have the job long.”
Back in May, Democrats floated a plan to protect McCarthy if GOP hardliners tried to oust him for cutting a bipartisan debt ceiling deal with Democrats.
Between the lines: Any Democratic support could be conditioned on McCarthy compromising on government funding – which would be a likely catalyst for a right-wing motion to vacate.
What’s next: McCarthy has an exceedingly difficult task as he tries to find a spending compromise with Senate Democrats and the White House without touching off a revolt from some of his most conservative members.