Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi will not be voting on the resolution to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday.
However, there is no political motivation behind her decision. Pelosi’s spokesperson Aaron Bennett noted that she will be staying in San Francisco, California, to mourn the death of former Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
“She is very saddened not to be there for this historic vote, and as she said: ‘The Speaker of the House is chosen by the Majority Party. In this Congress, it is the responsibility of House Republicans to choose a nominee and elect the Speaker on the Floor. At this time there is no justification for a departure from this tradition,'” the release said.
The House failed to pass the motion ‘to table’ or block the resolution to oust McCarthy and hence the motion to vacate the post of leadership has gone forward. Soon the representatives across the political aisle will be voting on the motion to oust him from power.
If the majority of the House votes in favor of the resolution brought by GOP Rep Matt Gaetz, the Office of the Speaker would be declared vacant. However, this would not immediately trigger a new election for Speaker due to a succession list that McCarthy submitted to the House clerk in January. The specific names on this list are not publicly disclosed.
House rules, established in 2003, require the Speaker to provide a list of members who would act in case of a vacancy in the Speaker’s position. According to these rules, the next person on McCarthy’s list “shall act as Speaker pro tempore until the election of a Speaker or a Speaker pro tempore.” Therefore, the individual who is first on McCarthy’s list would assume the role of acting Speaker.