House conservatives expect at least a dozen members to support the effort to oust Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) when a motion to vacate is triggered sometime this week, according to a report from Politico.
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) confirmed Sunday that he will be moving forward with an effort to oust McCarthy after weeks of speculation. Several conservative representatives have stated that McCarthy has violated agreements that were put in place when he was elected speaker after several ballots this past January.
Led by the House Freedom Caucus, McCarthy’s critics have been called for spending to be brought down to pre-COVID levels. As a result, they opted not to vote for the budget deal negotiated between McCarthy and President Biden this past spring, nor the resolution that was passed this weekend.
According to a report from Politico, at least a dozen Republicans are expected to support the motion to vacate the chair. One congressional source told the outlet that they know of at least seven definitive votes, though anywhere between 12 and 24 are expected.
These numbers would fall in line with early ballots from the speaker vote that took place this past January, when 20 House Republicans voted