Speaker Johnson Announces Bombshell New Rule Change

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Wednesday, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) predicted that it was likely that the next Congress was going to be changing the rules regarding motions to vacate following the ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). McCarthy had been ousted after all Democrats and eight Republicans had voted for his removal. 

During the House GOP’s annual retreat in West Virginia kickoff press conference, Johnson argued that he was not personally pushing for any changes to the motion to vacate, but that this was something that many lawmakers were considering. He added that this had been a topic that had come up in discussions and that he was expecting that there would likely be a change to it. He continued by arguing that this is not something that he had ever advocated for nor was it something he was considering an issue currently. 

As he pointed out this is just a point of discussion for members on both sides of the aisle who have openly talked about how they want the House floor to return to a more normal process. He added that they would be looking at the House rules package for their caucus and conference as they head into the new Congress. 

He noted that this was part of being “good stewards of the institution” and thus something that they would look into in time. 

Under the current conditions, a single member is able to file a motion to vacate against the Speaker, making it far easier for the House Speaker to be dismissed and ousted from office. 

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