If successful, this would be the first time a House speaker has been removed through a motion to vacate.
After almost nine months, the tenure of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as House speaker may be coming to a close as Democrats have signaled they will not come to his rescue.
It will take just five Republicans to join all Democrats to strip Mr. McCarthy of the gavel, which he won in January after 15 balloting rounds. The motion to vacate the chair was introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
If successful, this would be the first time a speaker has been removed through a motion to vacate. Former Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) resigned as speaker and from Congress in 2015 before such a motion could be brought. The last time there was a vote on such a motion was in 1910, which was unsuccessful.
Related StoriesHouse Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) told his members during their weekly conference to vote against a motion to table the motion to vacate and to vote in favor of the motion to vacate itself, according to Punchbowl News.
“We confront a serious, solemn and sober moment. The vote that the House will cast this week in