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Matt Gaetz introduces motion to vacate against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., has followed through on his renewed threat to introduce a motion to vacate against House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Gaetz, a frequent McCarthy critic, introduced the motion Monday evening on the House floor.

“Mr. Speaker, pursuant to clause two A1 of Rule nine, I rise to give notice of my intent to raise a question of the privileges of House,” Gaetz said. “Declaring the office Speaker of the House of Representatives to be vacant. Resolved that the office of Speaker of the House Representatives is hereby declared to be vacant.”

Matt Gaetz, Kevin McCarthy

Matt Gaetz and Kevin McCarthy (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP, Al Drago/Bloomberg)

Gaetz’s motion is the first step to requiring the House to take a vote of no confidence concerning McCarthy, but does not immediately trigger a vote on the resolution. The vote can be held within two legislative days after the motion.

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Immediately following the motion, the House did not decide whether it met the bar to be in order. That will likely come later this week.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates.

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