Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz launches the process to remove Kevin McCarthy as US Speaker of the House

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., left, one of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's harshest critics, answers questions from members of the media after speaking on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, talks to reporters amid news that Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., one of his harshest critics, plans to use a procedural tool — called a motion to vacate — to try and strip McCarthy of his office as soon as this week, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., on Monday started the process for holding a vote to remove Kevin McCarthy as House speaker.

In a speech on the House floor, Gaetz said he is introducing a “motion to vacate,” the procedural first step in forcing a vote on McCarthy’s future.

After introducing the measure, Gaetz or another lawmaker will have to request a vote on the resolution. The House would then be required to vote within two legislative days, though leadership could choose to expedite the process.

Leaders and members have a number of options for how to proceed in the coming days.

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