McCarthy Claims He’s Open to Being Reinstated as Speaker

( — On October 3rd, Republicans voted to remove Representative Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the House and have yet to come to an agreement on a replacement for him. Representative Kat Cammack said on Tuesday, October 10, that before the attack on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas, she would have expected the process of selecting a new speaker to have taken a month. However, in light of a new war in the Middle East, Republicans are feeling the need to accelerate the process.

In an interview on Monday, October 9th, the recently ousted McCarthy was asked by radio host Hugh Hewitt if he would return to his role if the Republicans could not form a majority consensus on a new Speaker. While it seems unlikely that the very people who so recently had McCarthy removed from his position would agree to reinstate him, McCarthy pointed out that he is still a member of that conference and that he will continue to “fight and act”.

The conference has been meeting behind closed doors as Republicans seem determined to avoid the long rounds of public votes that it took to elect McCarthy in January. The pressure is on to elect a new Speaker in order to begin the work necessary to provide aid to Israel after the horrific attack during the Tribe of Nova music festival. The current Speaker Pro Tempore, Patrick T. McHenry, does not have the authority to accomplish much other than oversee the election to select a new Speaker. There do seem to be some negotiations going on behind the scenes between Republicans and Democrats to give McHenry more authority if the conference does not select a new Speaker quickly.

Majority Leader Steve Scalise and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan are both being considered, but Republicans are concerned neither have enough support to garner the necessary 217 votes. Scalise won an informal vote behind closed doors, but an official vote on the House floor has yet to occur. Rep. Thomas Massie has indicated doubt that Republicans can elect a new Speaker in one day. He added that they are not just voting for a new Speaker, they are also voting on “a plan for the next 75 days,” as candidates’ plans on how to avoid a government shutdown when funding expires on November 17 are a critical issue in how votes are determined.

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