McCarthy Removed, What Now?

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( – Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was removed from the office of Speaker on Tuesday which is unlikely to affect the functioning of his danger. However, some experts and academics have questioned what effects McCarthy’s ousting could have on the investigations into President Biden’s family and the impeachment inquiry that was launched against the President last month.

Arizona State University School of Politics & Global Affairs professor Steven S. Smith stated that there was no reason for the committees to slow down any of the investigations into the Biden family. HE argued that in any case, it would be unlikely for a lot of developments to occur with the investigation within a week, which is assumed to be the amount of time required for a new permanent Speaker to be found. Until a permanent speaker is chosen Rep. Patrick McHenry is going to act as the Speaker Pro Tempore.

He added that it is likely that members of the House would be distracted and that some meetings were going to be canceled as lawmakers would be worried about selecting a new speaker. However, he noted that should the process of choosing a new speaker take longer than a week then there could be serious issues in how the House moves forward.

Georgetown University The Government Affairs Institute senior fellows Joseph Huder and Mark Harkins agreed with Smith’s assessment. As Huder told Fox News this is a historic event but in reality it does not change anything as the House will continue to function with the same rules. He added that the speaker pro tempore has all of the necessary speakership powers and can act as freely as any speaker before he would have done.

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