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As Congress returns the House once again faces a Republican rebellion from a handful of its most conservative Members to oust Speaker Johnson with a motion to vacate (MTV).

This whole issue, which plagued Speaker Kevin McCarthy, was created when McCarthy agreed to a new House Rule that allowed a single Member to move to vacate the Office of Speaker and a vote was mandated. This was part of his effort to win the Speakership last year.  Under the leadership of Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the rule required that a majority of the majority support the motion to vacate before it can come up for a vote.

Hard right Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Green (MTG) has filed a motion to vacate but hadn’t demanded a vote.  Last week she held a press conference and announced that she would call for a vote this week.

As a House aide, I remember the votes for Speaker when each party voted for their candidate.  Indeed, that is what happened when the motion to vacate was offered against McCarthy.  While only eight Republicans voted to vacate the Office of Speaker, all Democrats voted along partisan lines against the Republican Speaker.  However, the House Democratic leadership and other rank and file Members believe that when Speaker Johnson permitted ...

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