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Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs is pushing to remove House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Republican lawmaker is advocating for his motion to oust the increasingly controversial speaker.
Biggs argued that Pelosi is abusing her position of power.
“We have a process in the House called a motion to vacate the chair, which is how you remove the sitting speaker,” he said. “I hope we have the opportunity to have that vote on the floor of the House of Representatives.”
Nancy Pelosi may be on her “last legs,” writes New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, who has been hammering Pelosi and other key members of Congress in her widely read newspaper column.
The NY Post columnist argues that Pelosi, who often blames former President Donald Trump for sowing political division, is more guilty of “busting norms, dividing Congress and causing mayhem,” adding that “If anyone is to blame for hyper-partisanship in Washington these days, it’s the spiteful House speaker.”
Devine says that Pelosi “behaves more like a Mafia don waging a gang war than a dignified, fair and honest presiding officer, which is what the speaker’s role requires,” and how the Speaker “abuses her power in ways that once were unthinkable,” made all the worse by her claim to be a “devout Catholic.”
To back up her points, Devine says that Pelosi’s performance in the last week show signs that the Speaker, a long-time fixture in Congress, has finally “worn out her welcome,” pointing to her gamesmanship over the selection of the Jan. 6 committee.
Last week, Pelosi rejected the inclusion of two Republicans – Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana – from a panel already stacked with Democrats.
Pelosi claimed that the veto was necessary for the sake of “integrity” because the two Republicans “made statements and taken actions that I think would impact the integrity of the committee.”
Pelosi is scared of Jordan and Banks, even though she has the majority. That’s the real reason. She is afraid they will bring to the committee, on behalf of the American people it is supposed to represent, the very reasonable question about her own culpability in the events of Jan. 6. Most obviously, what was her reason for leaving the Capitol Police outnumbered and unprotected?
Jordan and Banks wanted to ask why Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund’s request for the National Guard to buttress his troops was denied. Why were his repeated requests to the sergeant at arms — who answers directly to Pelosi — rebuffed?
We’re talking about repeated requests, from two days before the riots to hours after the Capitol was breached. Why did she blame Sund and force him to resign hours after the riot, and then lie the next day when she said he hadn’t bothered phoning her? It stinks.
The Freedom Caucus has demanded that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy advance a motion to vacate Pelosi’s chair and “end her reign as Speaker of the House.”