On Friday, the House Freedom Caucus called on Kevin McCarthy, GOP Leader to move to remove Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi from her position as House Speaker. This long-shot effort reflects the simmering partisan conflict on Capitol Hill.
On Friday, the House Freedom Caucus wrote to Kevin McCarthy asking him to present a privileged motion for the GOP conference on July 31. “To vacate the chair, and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign of Speaker of the House.”
Pelosi’s decision to remove Republican Reps. Jim Banks (and Jim Jordan), who were founding members of the Freedom Caucus from the Jan. 6 committee. They called her decision “intolerable” and an abuse of power.
“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve,” the Freedom Caucus members wrote to McCarthy.
Refusing to seat Rep Jim Jordan & Rep Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate Jan 6th is intolerable.— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) July 23, 2021
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.
Full letter: pic.twitter.com/u2AsXN5nfg
The letter explained:
“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’.”
“Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve.”
(She is) “allowing proxy voting and insulting security measures like metal detectors for Members coming to the floor to vote.”
A spokesperson for Pelosi also did not immediately offer comments to us.