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Representative McCarthy Ousted as Speaker of the House in a Historic Vote

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Kevin McCarthy speaks to guests at the Elephant Remembers dinner in Omaha on Feb. 29, 2020. Photo taken from Matt Johnson on Flikr.

For the first time in U.S. history, following a bipartisan resolution, Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California was voted out, 216-210, as Speaker of the House on Oct. 3. 

McCarthy represents California’s 20th Congressional District which encompasses parts of Fresno, Tulare, Kern, and Kings County.

His tenure as speaker began on Jan. 7 –  the second-shortest term in the country’s history at his respected position. 

At the head of the move to remove  McCarthy had been Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida. Gaetz referred to McCarthy as chaotic and is untrustworthy as speaker on the House floor Tuesday.

“Chaos is Speaker McCarthy. Chaos is somebody who we cannot trust with their word,” Gaetz said on the House floor. “Kevin McCarthy said something to all of us at one point or another, that he didn’t really mean and never intended to live up to.”

But not all Republicans agree with Gaetz’s thoughts. For example, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio often walks the line with the far-right side of the Republicans and is a supporter of McCarthy.

“Kevin McCarthy has been rock solid,” Jordan said.

Gaetz called for the speaker’s removal after McCarthy opted to pass a bipartisan bill that would prevent a government shutdown.. The aforementioned bill will fund the government through mid-november which was opposed by conservatives. 

McCarthy was warned by some GOP representatives that if he passed bills requiring support from the Democratic Party he would be ousted as speaker.

House Democrats said after Tuesday’s historic vote that they would not back Rep. McCarthy. Minority leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries wrote in a letter to his colleagues that it is a “solemn moment for the country,” and that the Democrats should continue to “work together in a bipartisan way,” in order to benefit and help America.

Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, a McCarthy supporter, will temporarily lead the House of Representatives and serve as speaker pro tempore. McHenry was on a list made by McCarthy to fill the position of speaker in case of a vacancy.

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Josiah Poynter, Sports Editor
Josiah Poynter is a 20-year-old second year college student. He’s from Camarillo, California, but has lived all over the country including Fresno where he attended Bullard and Tenaya and most recently spent his last three years of high school on the south-side of Chicago in a suburb called Downers Grove. He’s currently a Journalism major and looks forward to writing and being the Sports Editor for The Rampage. This is Josiah’s third year being in a journalism program going all the way back to high school where he was an editor for his school’s newspaper where he did anything from reviewing albums and films to interviewing congressmen. When he’s not at school or working you can find him going on drives, in the comic book store, listening to music or watching movies, hanging out with his friends, or watching football. He’s excited to report on all of the things that the coaches, athletes, and sports at Fresno City College are doing and making sure all students know what’s going involving their athletic programs.   

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