House speaker fight live updates: After Kevin McCarthy’s ouster, GOP faces uncharted waters

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What to know about the historic removal of McCarthy as House speaker

  • McCarthy, R-Calif., was ousted from the speakership in a historic vote yesterday. Hours later, he announced he won’t try to reclaim the position.
  • This is the first time in U.S. history that a speaker of the House has been voted out of office. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., will now serve as the temporary speaker under House rules.
  • House Republicans will gather Oct. 11 to hold internal elections to nominate McCarthy’s replacement. His possible successors include members of his leadership team and some top conservative allies.
  • The House plans to leave for a week and will hold a speaker election next Wednesday.

13m ago / 2:47 PM UTC

McCarthy arrives on the Hill, enters speaker’s office

Kyle Stewart and Megan Lebowitz

McCarthy arrived at the Capitol moments ago and entered the speaker’s office.

When asked by NBC News how he was feeling, he responded, “Great!”

McCarthy did not stop to answer any other questions. 

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Christie says McCarthy’s ouster was ‘political assassination’

Jesse Rodriguez and Megan Lebowitz

Chris Christie referred to McCarthy’s removal as “political assassination” in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Matt Gaetz doesn’t like Kevin McCarthy and was intent upon executing this type of, this type of assassination. And that’s what he did,” Christie said. “It was a political assassination yesterday of Kevin McCarthy.”

When asked where the GOP goes next, Christie said there was “no obvious choice” for the next speaker.

“I think, you know, Steve Scalise, Tom Emmer are some of the names, Jim Jordan, but there’s no obvious choice here, the same way that even though McCarthy was the obvious choice because of his history, everyone knew the problems going in,” Christie said. “I think you’ve got to play hard to get.”

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Kevin McCarthy’s ‘original sin’: What drove the House speaker’s historic downfall

Sahil Kapur, Ali Vitali, Garrett Haake, Ryan Nobles, Scott Wong and Rebecca Kaplan

Last Wednesday, three days before a widely feared government shutdown, far-right Rep. Matt Gaetz stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and issued a categorical threat.

If House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., relied on Democrats to keep the government open, said Gaetz, R-Fla., there would “very likely” be “a motion to vacate that the speaker would face.”

Just hours before the government would run out of money to keep operating, McCarthy decided to defy Gaetz and did just that: He avoided a shutdown by putting forward a bill that Democrats would support.

Fast-forward three days. McCarthy is now the first speaker in history to have been voted out of his job — 216 to 210 — with a mere eight Republican detractors in the wafer-thin majority sealing his fate and siding with Democrats to oust him.

“A lot of them I helped get elected, so I probably should have picked somebody else,” McCarthy quipped Tuesday evening of those eight conservative members.

“My fear is the institution fell today,” he said.

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Trump addresses open speaker position: ‘I’ll do whatever it is to help’

Olympia Sonnier and Megan Lebowitz

Trump told reporters that “a lot of people” called him about the speaker position. When asked whether he would take the job, he said, “All I can say is we’ll do whatever is best for the country and for the Republican Party.”

The former president, who is in New York for the state attorney general’s business fraud lawsuit against him and his company, said his focus was “totally” on his presidential run. Trump added that the GOP has “some great people” for the speakership.

“I’ll do whatever it is to help, but my focus, my total focus is being president and, honestly, making America great again, because we are living in a country in decline,” he said.

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Rep. Jim Jordan says he’s running for House speaker

Kyle Stewart and Rebecca Shabad

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that he plans to run for speaker of the House.

Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has gained national prominence over the years as an aggressive presence in committee hearings, confirmed his candidacy when asked by reporters if he plans to run for the leadership role, saying, “Yes.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s backing Trump for speaker

Alex Tabet

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said in a tweet Tuesday night that former President Donald Trump is the only speaker candidate she’s “currently supporting.”

“We can make him Speaker and then elect him President!” she wrote.

Rep. Troy E. Nehls, R-Texas, has also said he plans to nominate Trump for speaker of the House.

The speaker of the House does not need to be a member of Congress.

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‘It was personal,’ McCarthy says after being removed as House speaker

Oct. 4, 202301:23

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Steve Scalise seeking to lock up support for speaker job after McCarthy ouster

Scott Wong, Ali Vitali and Rebecca Kaplan

Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who became a national figure after he survived a brutal assassination attempt during a congressional baseball practice, has been making calls seeking to shore up support for a bid to succeed ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy, according to two lawmakers who have spoken with Scalise.

The development isn’t surprising given that Scalise, the No. 2 GOP leader under McCarthy since 2019, is the front-runner in the race for speaker and has eyed the top job for years.

But the fact that Scalise, who has represented his Louisiana district since 2008, began reaching out to GOP colleagues so soon after McCarthy’s ouster suggests he is trying to box out other would-be challengers and be seen as the inevitable successor to McCarthy. The No. 3 leader, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., practically endorsed Scalise moments after McCarthy informed Republicans he would step aside after being removed.

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Hoyer says he also has been told to vacate his office

Ali Vitali and Roberta A. Kaplan

Former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also has been directed to vacate his office in the Capitol, two Democratic aides told NBC News.

The news comes after former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said yesterday that she was told to move out of her office “immediately.” McCarthy’s office had made the decision to ask Pelosi to leave, a source familiar with the situation said.

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Pelosi accuses interim House speaker of ordering her to give up office in Capitol

Rebecca Kaplan, Ali Vitali, Sahil Kapur and Kyle Stewart

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused new interim Speaker Patrick McHenry on Tuesday night of kicking her out of her workspace in the Capitol just hours after the chamber’s abrupt change in leadership.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that she was told she had to “immediately” move out of her so-called hideaway office in the Capitol.

“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, referring to McHenry, R-N.C., by his new title.

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What happens next now that Kevin McCarthy has been ousted as speaker

Kyle Stewart

The House voted Tuesday to oust Kevin McCarthy from the speaker’s chair, with Rep. Matt Gaetz and seven other conservatives joining all Democrats present to remove him. What happens next?

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Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been ousted. Here are some possible successors.

Scott Wong

Republican Kevin McCarthy made history Tuesday as the first person ever to be voted out of the House speaker’s office. Now there’s rampant speculation on Capitol Hill about who can cobble together the votes to succeed him.

For now, there is no consensus on who might be able to fill the huge vacancy in the speaker’s office. But while McCarthy’s top loyalists are furious over what happened Tuesday, there is no shortage of ambition in the House of Representatives.

Read the full story here.

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McCarthy arrives on the Hill, enters speaker’s office

Kyle Stewart and Megan Lebowitz

McCarthy arrived at the Capitol moments ago and entered the speaker’s office.

When asked by NBC News how he was feeling, he responded, “Great!”

McCarthy did not stop to answer any other questions. 

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Christie says McCarthy’s ouster was ‘political assassination’

Jesse Rodriguez and Megan Lebowitz

Chris Christie referred to McCarthy’s removal as “political assassination” in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Matt Gaetz doesn’t like Kevin McCarthy and was intent upon executing this type of, this type of assassination. And that’s what he did,” Christie said. “It was a political assassination yesterday of Kevin McCarthy.”

When asked where the GOP goes next, Christie said there was “no obvious choice” for the next speaker.

“I think, you know, Steve Scalise, Tom Emmer are some of the names, Jim Jordan, but there’s no obvious choice here, the same way that even though McCarthy was the obvious choice because of his history, everyone knew the problems going in,” Christie said. “I think you’ve got to play hard to get.”

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Kevin McCarthy’s ‘original sin’: What drove the House speaker’s historic downfall

Sahil Kapur, Ali Vitali, Garrett Haake, Ryan Nobles, Scott Wong and Rebecca Kaplan

Last Wednesday, three days before a widely feared government shutdown, far-right Rep. Matt Gaetz stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol and issued a categorical threat.

If House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., relied on Democrats to keep the government open, said Gaetz, R-Fla., there would “very likely” be “a motion to vacate that the speaker would face.”

Just hours before the government would run out of money to keep operating, McCarthy decided to defy Gaetz and did just that: He avoided a shutdown by putting forward a bill that Democrats would support.

Fast-forward three days. McCarthy is now the first speaker in history to have been voted out of his job — 216 to 210 — with a mere eight Republican detractors in the wafer-thin majority sealing his fate and siding with Democrats to oust him.

“A lot of them I helped get elected, so I probably should have picked somebody else,” McCarthy quipped Tuesday evening of those eight conservative members.

“My fear is the institution fell today,” he said.

Read the full story here.

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Trump addresses open speaker position: ‘I’ll do whatever it is to help’

Olympia Sonnier and Megan Lebowitz

Trump told reporters that “a lot of people” called him about the speaker position. When asked whether he would take the job, he said, “All I can say is we’ll do whatever is best for the country and for the Republican Party.”

The former president, who is in New York for the state attorney general’s business fraud lawsuit against him and his company, said his focus was “totally” on his presidential run. Trump added that the GOP has “some great people” for the speakership.

“I’ll do whatever it is to help, but my focus, my total focus is being president and, honestly, making America great again, because we are living in a country in decline,” he said.

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Copied36m ago / 2:23 PM UTC

Rep. Jim Jordan says he’s running for House speaker

Kyle Stewart and Rebecca Shabad

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that he plans to run for speaker of the House.

Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who has gained national prominence over the years as an aggressive presence in committee hearings, confirmed his candidacy when asked by reporters if he plans to run for the leadership role, saying, “Yes.”

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Copied1h ago / 1:52 PM UTC

Marjorie Taylor Greene says she’s backing Trump for speaker

Alex Tabet

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said in a tweet Tuesday night that former President Donald Trump is the only speaker candidate she’s “currently supporting.”

“We can make him Speaker and then elect him President!” she wrote.

Rep. Troy E. Nehls, R-Texas, has also said he plans to nominate Trump for speaker of the House.

The speaker of the House does not need to be a member of Congress.

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‘It was personal,’ McCarthy says after being removed as House speaker

Oct. 4, 202301:23

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Steve Scalise seeking to lock up support for speaker job after McCarthy ouster

Scott Wong, Ali Vitali and Rebecca Kaplan

Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who became a national figure after he survived a brutal assassination attempt during a congressional baseball practice, has been making calls seeking to shore up support for a bid to succeed ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy, according to two lawmakers who have spoken with Scalise.

The development isn’t surprising given that Scalise, the No. 2 GOP leader under McCarthy since 2019, is the front-runner in the race for speaker and has eyed the top job for years.

But the fact that Scalise, who has represented his Louisiana district since 2008, began reaching out to GOP colleagues so soon after McCarthy’s ouster suggests he is trying to box out other would-be challengers and be seen as the inevitable successor to McCarthy. The No. 3 leader, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, R-Minn., practically endorsed Scalise moments after McCarthy informed Republicans he would step aside after being removed.

Read the full story here.

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Hoyer says he also has been told to vacate his office

Ali Vitali and Roberta A. Kaplan

Former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also has been directed to vacate his office in the Capitol, two Democratic aides told NBC News.

The news comes after former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said yesterday that she was told to move out of her office “immediately.” McCarthy’s office had made the decision to ask Pelosi to leave, a source familiar with the situation said.

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Pelosi accuses interim House speaker of ordering her to give up office in Capitol

Rebecca Kaplan, Ali Vitali, Sahil Kapur and Kyle Stewart

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused new interim Speaker Patrick McHenry on Tuesday night of kicking her out of her workspace in the Capitol just hours after the chamber’s abrupt change in leadership.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement that she was told she had to “immediately” move out of her so-called hideaway office in the Capitol.

“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi said in a statement, referring to McHenry, R-N.C., by his new title.

Read the full story here.

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What happens next now that Kevin McCarthy has been ousted as speaker

Kyle Stewart

The House voted Tuesday to oust Kevin McCarthy from the speaker’s chair, with Rep. Matt Gaetz and seven other conservatives joining all Democrats present to remove him. What happens next?

Read the full story here.

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Speaker Kevin McCarthy has been ousted. Here are some possible successors.

Scott Wong

Republican Kevin McCarthy made history Tuesday as the first person ever to be voted out of the House speaker’s office. Now there’s rampant speculation on Capitol Hill about who can cobble together the votes to succeed him.

For now, there is no consensus on who might be able to fill the huge vacancy in the speaker’s office. But while McCarthy’s top loyalists are furious over what happened Tuesday, there is no shortage of ambition in the House of Representatives.

Read the full story here.

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