Five Republican lawmakers have called for an overhaul of the House rules after the ouster of Kevin McCarthy from the House Minority Leader position. The lawmakers, who are all members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, have accused McCarthy of being too willing to compromise with Democrats and of not being tough enough on the Biden administration.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the lawmakers wrote that they were "ashamed and embarrassed" by the way the House has been run under McCarthy's leadership. They called for a number of changes, including a return to the "Hastert rule," which requires a majority of the majority to approve any bill brought to the House floor. They also called for an end to proxy voting and for a return to the traditional rules of debate.
It is unclear whether the lawmakers' calls for reform will be met with success. McCarthy remains a powerful figure in the Republican Party, and he has the support of many of his colleagues. However, the Freedom Caucus is a growing force within the party, and their demands could put pressure on McCarthy to make changes.
The call for reform comes at a time when the Republican Party is deeply divided. McCarthy's ouster was a sign of the growing rift between the party's moderate and conservative wings. It is unclear how the party will be able to unite ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
The Republican Party is at a crossroads. The ouster of Kevin McCarthy from the House Minority Leader position is a sign of the deep divisions within the party. The party will need to find a way to unite ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, but it is unclear how that will happen.
To learn more about The McCarthy Recall read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
A group of nearly four dozen House Republicans is demanding a dramatic overhaul to the chamber rules after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster.
"The injustice we all witnessed cannot go unaddressed — lest we bear responsibility for the consequences that follow. Our Conference must address fundamental changes to the structure of our majority to ensure success for the American people," 45 House GOP lawmakers said in a letter to colleagues on Thursday.
McCarthy, R-Calif., had the speaker’s gavel taken away on Tuesday after Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., called for a procedure known as a motion to vacate the chair on Monday night. Under terms McCarthy hashed out to secure the speakership in January, just one lawmaker can call for the motion to vacate, setting up a mandatory vote within 48 hours.