Speculation grows of McCarthy being pushed out of House speakership

 April 9, 2023

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) could soon face a push to remove him from his role just months after securing the position, according to a new report.

The controversy comes as doubts increase over the ability to pass a budget proposal among fellow members of the House.

The pressure

“The agreements made by Speaker McCarthy, among other things, is to begin the ten-year balanced budget NOW and with his initiatives & directives,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) said in a statement.

“It’s HIS responsibility to get the 218 votes to ensure our nation’s financial security JUST AS HE DID IN SECURING THE 218 votes for speaker," it added.

The controversy

“The members I've spoken with are just stunned by his rebuking of his budget chair, and certainly of our leadership,” another House Republican told Axios.

“I can't imagine [he will last an entire term]," the source added.

Other concerns

The controversy comes as McCarthy is working to set up an investigation of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg after his indictment of former President Donald Trump.

"Alvin Bragg is attempting to interfere in our democratic process by invoking federal law to bring politicized charges against President Trump, admittedly using federal funds, while at the same time arguing that the peoples’ representatives in Congress lack jurisdiction to investigate this farce," McCarthy tweeted.

"Not so. Bragg’s weaponization of the federal justice process will be held accountable by Congress," he added.

McCarthy barely survived a week-long push to confirm the votes he needed to become the House speaker under a slim GOP majority.

Now he faces pressure to succeed or face being removed with the help of some of the same 20 Republicans plus Democrats who seek to replace him as leader of the House.

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