McCarthy Ousted as Speaker of the house
The Vote Led by Far-Right Lawmakers Leaves House Leaderless Amidst Republican Party's Internal Power Struggle.
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In an unprecedented move on Tuesday, the House voted to remove Kevin McCarthy from the position of Speaker of the House. This historic decision, which left the chamber leaderless, created a state of chaos within the House.
The vote, with a count of 216 to 210, saw Democrats aligning with a faction of hard-line Republicans to strip Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, of his role as the Speaker. This event underscored the deep divisions within the Republican Party that had been festering throughout the year.
It marked the culmination of a long power struggle between McCarthy and members of the far-right faction who had initially opposed his ascension to the speakership in January. They had continued to challenge him ever since, especially regarding his efforts to prevent a government default and his recent decision to seek help from Democrats to keep the government running.
The voting process to remove McCarthy mirrored the way a Speaker is elected, with lawmakers taking their seats on the House floor and casting their votes one by one in an alphabetical roll call overseen by the clerk.
With the Speaker's chair now vacant, the House faces a period of paralysis until a successor is chosen, according to procedural experts. This situation adds to the complexity of an already tense political climate, with only a little over 40 days remaining to avert a government shutdown.
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