As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) travels further left in an attempt to appease radically progressive House Democrats, Republicans might soon attempt a hail mary to oust the Speaker from her position.
According to Fox News, in what’s being described as a “longshot” move, the House Freedom Caucus sent a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) in which they urged him to “bring up a privileged motion” on behalf of the Republican conference in an effort to “to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House.”
Members of the Freedom Caucus also suggested a deadline of July 31 to initiate the bold move.
Refusing to seat Rep Jim Jordan & Rep Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate Jan 6th is intolerable.
House Freedom Caucus is calling on GOP leader to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign.
Full letter: pic.twitter.com/u2AsXN5nfg
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) July 23, 2021
The timing of the Freecom Caucus’ plan isn’t coincidental, as it comes in the wake of Pelosi generating headlines last week after she denied Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) seats on an upcoming commission that will investigate the events of Jan. 6.
“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve,” members of the caucus wrote.
The statement came after McCarthy, who selected five Republicans to sit on the commission, had two of his picks rejected — Banks and Jordan. In an immediate retaliatory move, McCarthy not only pulled his other three GOP selections but also vowed to boycott the commission entirely.
“This is a sham committee that’s just politically driven by Speaker Pelosi,” McCarthy said, echoing the feelings of other Republicans and commentators who believe Pelosi is only forming the commission to damage GOP candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.
Pelosi strikes back
In a move that will undoubtedly further anger Freedom Caucus members and a majority of Republican voters, ABC News reported that Pelosi is considering adding Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to the Jan. 6 commission. Kinzinger is famously anti-Trump and was one of a handful of Republican House members who voted in favor of impeaching the former president for a second time.
He would join Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is perhaps the only remaining Republican House member despised even more by Trump’s base and most congressional conservatives, meaning Pelosi’s so-called “bipartisan” commission, conveniently, is comprised of mostly anti-Trump members from both sides of the political aisle.
So far, there have been no comments issued by McCarthy or Pelosi with regard to the House Freedom Caucus’ request to vote on her ouster. Such a vote is likely to fail, given that Democrats still hold a slight majority in the lower chamber.
However, even a “longshot” effort to remove Pelosi is better than inaction, which Republicans have been accused of for far too long. Even if McCarthy agrees and the vote ultimately fails, the 2022 midterm elections aren’t far off, and they will likely mark the end of Pelosi’s reign.