(FixThisNation.com) – On Sunday, Speaker Mike Johnson stated that he was not scared of potentially changing the rules on the Speakership being vacated. Many Republican lawmakers have supported such a change following the historic vote that led to former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) being ousted from the position earlier this month.
In a 216-210 vote, where all House Democrats and eight Republicans voted against him, McCarthy was forced out of his position after a “motion to vacate” was put forward. He is the first U.S. Speaker in history to have been ousted from the House.
During an appearance on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Jonson stated that everyone had told him that this rule needed to be changed. He added that he was not scared of this rule was he was going to be transparent in his work with all members of the party which would allow them to fully understand what they would be doing going forward and why they were doing it.
Johnson however also pointed out that the rule made it hard for the Speaker to properly do their job.
In January McCarthy had been selected as the House Speaker after a 15-ballot election. As part of the concessions he made to win the position he also agreed to reduce the number of Representatives needed for a motion to vacate to be filed from five to one. As a result, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) was allowed to bring forward a motion to vacate all on his own. Many Republicans want to ensure that such a mutiny is not going to occur again.
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