Rep. Matt Gaetz launches effort to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Gaetz To Reportedly File Motion To Vacate Rep. McCarthy As Speaker

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has begun the process to remove Kevin McCarthy as speaker of the House. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Monday started the process for holding a vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as House speaker.

In a speech on the House floor, Gaetz said he is introducing a “motion to vacate,” the procedural first step in forcing a vote on McCarthy’s future.

After introducing the measure, Gaetz or another lawmaker will have to request a vote on the resolution. The House would then be required to vote within two legislative days, though leadership could choose to expedite the process.

Leaders and members have a number of options for how to proceed in the coming days.

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