Freedom Caucus pushes McCarthy to remove Pelosi as speaker

Members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to use a procedural tactic to remove Speaker Nancy Pelosi from her management put up, citing her determination to block Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan from the Jan. 6 choose committee.

In a letter despatched to McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday, the conservative group accused her of holding “an authoritarian reign” over the decrease chamber, arguing her recent actions warrant shifting ahead with vacating the chair.

“We, the House Freedom Caucus, respectfully request that you pursue the authorization of the House Republican Conference, pursuant to Conference rules, to file and bring up a privileged motion by July 31, 2021, to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House,” they wrote.

“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.’”

Republicans have been highly critical of Pelosi’s rejection of Banks (R-Ind.) and Jordan (R-Ohio), two of former President Donald Trump’s strongest allies in Congress, alleging it proves the panel is politically motivated. Pelosi introduced the ouster of the 2 McCarthy selections for the committee — which is tasked with investigating the lethal siege on the Capitol when pro-Trump rioters tried to disrupt the certification of the election — on Wednesday.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Members of the Freedom Caucus are calling Nancy Pelosi’s blocking Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan “authoritarian.”
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Banks was McCarthy’s alternative to be the highest Republican on the panel as the rating member.

The committee — led by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) — additionally pointed to Pelosi’s determination to prolong proxy voting due initially put in place at the beginning of the pandemic and require members to stroll by magnetometers earlier than coming into the chamber as examples of what they really feel are abuses of energy.

“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve. Speaker Pelosi has championed unconstitutional changes like allowing proxy voting and insulting security measures like metal detectors for  Members coming to the floor to vote,” the letter says.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy acquired a letter from members of the Freedom Caucus calling for Nancy Pelosi’s ousting.
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“Less easily reversible is the damage done to the institution by the Leadership of one party dictating the ability of Members of another party to serve in roles at the discretion of their own conference. That abuse cannot go unchecked. Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to seat Rep. Jim Jordan  and Rep. Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate January 6 is intolerable.”

The lawmakers additionally pointed to Democrats voting to remove controversial GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments after a string of inflammatory social media posts emerged from earlier than she was in Congress.

“That this follows the intolerable action of unseating another Republican from her committees makes clear that Speaker Pelosi has no interest in representative democracy, let alone protecting institutional norms. Republicans, under your leadership, must show the American people that we will act to protect our ability to represent their interests,” they continued.

Rep. Andy Biggs is the leader of the Freedom Caucus.
Rep. Andy Biggs is the chief of the Freedom Caucus.
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Should McCarthy choose to transfer ahead with forcing the Pelosi vote, it faces a virtually unattainable path to passage within the Democrat-controlled decrease chamber. But the California Republican may really feel stress to act, with the House Freedom Caucus offering a pivotal block of votes wanted to get hold of the Speaker’s gavel ought to Republicans take again the House within the midterms.

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