McCarthy’s Gives Parting Advice to Speaker Johnson As He Departs Congress

Daily Report December 11,2023

Former Speaker of the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on Sunday advised his successor, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), to be brave and not be afraid of a motion to vacate.

McCarthy was ousted as speaker after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) triggered a motion to vacate. The motion is a rule that allows a single House member to propose the removal of the speaker. McCarthy, while speaking on Sunday’s broadcast of CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” encouraged Johnson to govern without the fear that the motion will be used against him.

“To be fair to Speaker Johnson he didn’t have the year before to plan. He wasn;t the majority leader. He wasn’t the Minority leader. He is doing fine. I think the best advice I could give to him: you’re the speaker of the House. Do not — do not govern in the idea that you’re afraid somebody’s going to make a motion to vacate,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy’s decision to pass a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown in October led Gaetz to fill a motion to vacate against the former speaker. The California lawmaker revealed that he knew the motion would be filled as soon as he made the decision,

“When I made the decision to pay our troops and not shut down, I knew they were going to make a motion to vacate on me. I didn’t even know the Democrats would go along with it. But what I did know is, I had been in that room before. I had watched what had failed,” McCarthy said. “And I knew, at that moment, that when I thought before I ran for office, you would always tell yourself, would you do what you think was right? Would you literally risk your job and do it? You say you would, but when you came to that moment, I hope history writes that I actually did what I said I would do before I ever got elected when that moment came,” he added. “And I would do it all again, because I hope others would look at that and do the exact same thing. It was right.”

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