Kevin McCarthy has a full plate in September. Not only does he need a budget agreement by September 30th, but he needs to find a way to keep his job and that won’t be easy.
It only takes one member to call for a vote and it would require a small number of Republicans to deny him the continued use of the House gavel. Like his predecessors, Paul Ryan and John Boehner,
Republicans are mad at the way he supports the Democrats, which at this point is his opposition to impeaching Joe Biden. The reason the Democrats always seem to win is because they remain in lock-step with each other while the GOP is laden with RINOs, who you could mug by first-class mail.
Despite the many reasons that Biden needs to be impeached, McCarthy has maintained a position against it. While they will never get enough votes in the Senate to remove him, the spectacle of the hearing on television will turn an undetermined number of voters against Biden.
With mounting evidence showing that Joe Biden was involved in Hunter Biden’s business dealings, GOP natives are getting restless. They want action now and not later. He will also have problems passing a continuing resolution to keep the government open after the September 30th deadline.
Some Republicans say they will refuse to pass any budget unless there is more money for border security. McCarthy either needs to address impeachment and border security and that leaves him with two options. He can call for immediate impeachment investigation and money for real border security and not for more taxpayer funds going to illegal aliens. Or he can learn to drive an eighteen-wheeler.
But now there are rumblings that a motion to vacate may be in the works for McCarthy. Only one member of Congress is needed to call a motion to vacate, and it would only take a handful of Republicans to vote with Democrats to make that happen. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) supported McCarthy in his bid for the Speakership but said what many members may be thinking. “I think it’s [motion to vacate] in the back of everybody’s mind … If somebody brings that it wouldn’t take much. You know, it just takes a couple of votes.”
Many members whose votes McCarthy had to win over to become Speaker are eager to begin an impeachment inquiry and see McCarthy as being reluctant to do so. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was one of those members. During a recent appearance on The Todd Starnes Show, Gaetz seemed to say that if McCarthy was an obstacle to any impeachment inquiry vote, his job may be in jeopardy.
“When we get back to Washington in the coming weeks, we have got to seize the initiative. That means forcing votes on impeachment. And if Kevin McCarthy stands in our way, you may not have the job long.”
Others are playing hardball as well. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is basing any “yes” vote on a continuing resolution on an impeachment inquiry being opened. Moderate Republicans like Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) say they have not seen enough “concrete evidence” for an impeachment inquiry. While the pressure is on McCarthy, and the ultimate decision to go ahead with an impeachment inquiry is up to him, as my colleague Nick Arama reported today, House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer (R-KY) told Newsmax: “I do believe that we have the votes for an impeachment inquiry.”