Tuesday, October 3, 2023

House Passes H Res 757 – Office of Speaker Vacant

Today, the House took up Rep Gaetz’ (R,FL) motion to vacate the Office of the Speaker of the House, H Res 757. The House passed the resolution by a vote of 216 to 210 [link added, 5:44 pm EDT]. Rep McCarthy (R,CA) is no longer Speaker of the House. In accordance with House Rules, Rep McHenry (R,NC) is now the Speaker Pro Tempore. House is currently in recess subject to the call of the Chair to allow the two caucuses a chance to meet to consider ‘the way forward’.

Earlier a motion was made to table H Res 757. That motion failed by a vote of 208 to 218.

We are almost certainly in for a remake of the vote for Speaker in January. I suspect that McCarthy’s and that of Rep Jeffries (D,NC) will be among the names nominated for Speaker.

Needless to say, there will be no further consideration of HR 4394, the EWR spending bill. Before the House considered H Res 757, the House took up H Res 756, the rule for the consideration of HR 4394. That rule passed by a nearly party-line vote of 218 to 208 with Rep Rogers (R,AL) voting Nay.

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