Republicans have taken the first steps to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from her position of power in the U.S. House of Representatives.
According to Conservative Brief, the House Freedom Caucus sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urging him to assist with ending the “authoritarian reign” of Pelosi.
“House Freedom Caucus is calling on GOP leader to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign,” the caucus said.
“We, the House Freedom Caucus, respectfully request that you pursue the authorization of the House Republican Conference, pursuant to Conference rules, to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House,” the caucus said in its letter.
“Rule IX, Clause 3 of the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress requires that ‘A resolution causing a vacancy in the Office of Speaker shall not be privileged except if offered by direction of a party caucus or conference,’” it said.
“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve. Speaker Pelosi has championed unconstitutional changes like allowing proxy voting and insulting security measures like metal detectors for Members coming to the floor to vote,” it said.
As Democrats stare down the barrel of potentially devastating results from the midterm elections, Republicans are looking to maximize what they believe will soon be an improved political position.
Thus far, more than 30 Democrat incumbents announced their retirements from current positions, moving either to other attempts at political positions or into retirement altogether.
A poll taken by Punchbowl News among senior staffers found that 60% believe that Pelosi will retire after the midterm elections.
“The poll also sampled general House staffers. Among the typical House staffers, 54 percent said Pelosi will retire. Congressional staffers are personnel that assists members of Congress and committees, answer constituent mail, write questions for committee hearings, conduct communication duties, and plot legislative maneuvers,” Breitbart reported.
“That more senior staffers believe Pelosi will retire likely comes from more experience and therefore carries more weight. Senior staffers told Punchbowl News Pelosi would not announce her retirement in the middle of a congressional session. But they do acknowledge Pelosi has previously said this would be her last term as speaker,” the outlet added.
Republicans are looking at a possible future without Pelosi to both steer the ship and tamp down potentially aggressively progressive factions like the so-called “Squad,” which could serve to allow those groups to show just how incredibly out-of-line with American values their platforms really are.