A motion to remove House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from the highest office in Congress was reportedly found in a toilet at the United States Capitol on Tuesday.
Journalist Matt Laslo wrote in a post on -Critic was found Tuesday afternoon.
Newsweek did not immediately verify the legitimacy of the document. When reached by Newsweek On Tuesday afternoon, a Gaetz spokesman declined to comment. Newsweek also reached out to McCarthy’s office via email seeking comment.
McCarthy, a California Republican, has been threatened by Republican hardliners with leaving the speaker’s post as he fights to fund the government in the next fiscal year. The speaker has been trying to reach a deal to appease both the party’s most conservative members and the moderates representing congressional districts won by President Joe Biden in 2020 before the month-end deadline to avert a government shutdown . This task proved difficult due to the Republicans’ razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives.
Some conservative lawmakers have indicated they would support a motion to resign the speaker’s post if McCarthy’s deal doesn’t adequately meet their demands or if he decides to reach out to moderate Democrats to broker a deal to keep the government open hold.
The resolution states: “Solved, The office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is hereby declared.” The resolution bears Gaetz’s name. It has not been formally filed, nor has the resolution been signed by the congressman.
Politico reporter Jordain Carney wrote on
As the Republican-led House of Representatives struggles to pass funding by the end of the month, several Republican members of Congress have supported a continuing resolution (CR) that would maintain government funding at current levels while cutting most federal funding by nearly 8 percent would provide for agencies to avoid closure while members of Congress continue to negotiate a spending package.
The CR – supported by Republicans Byron Donalds of Florida, Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma, Chip Roy of Texas and Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota – also makes concessions to the most conservative members of Congress without additional funding for Ukraine.
However, many conservatives in the House have already said they would vote against the CR, casting doubt on whether it has enough support to pass in the House.
The resignation request prompted many Republican Party critics to note the “chaos” in the party as McCarthy struggles to reach a funding deal.
“OMG. Matt Gaetz has officially drafted a resolution that reads: “The office of Speaker of the House of Representatives is declared vacant.” The Republican Party is in so much chaos and disarray. “Speaker” McCarthy is facing a few things. Thoughts and prayers,” political commentator Victor Shi wrote on X