House Democrats and progressives are threatening to give Kevin McCarthy continual headaches by filing motions that he be removed as speaker.
“Why not? It sounds great! I mean, you’re still going to need what, 218 for passage, right? But listen, man, he has a very slim majority,” mused Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.). “Whenever we want to cause complete chaos, we’ll do that.”
The motion to vacate, also known by this gambit would almost certainly fail in the new Congress. Republicans can use a procedural maneuver to throw out the motion before it is actually voted on. Democrats would need GOP support for the required majority. But progressives’ zeal confirms a fear from McCarthy’s allies — that a rule he greenlighted to assuage conservatives could easily cause frequent headaches.
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McCarthy would use the motion to cause chaos and troll McCarthy by creating his own rules. It may even work if it happens to be completely crazy. This is mostly a way for the House minority to make the Speaker of the House mad when he has very little margin for error.
Kevin would have a huge problem if the House votes were to reach the floor.