Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is currently facing backlash by grassroots conservative activists and members of Congress due to a proposal he offered in order to make it harder for the speaker of the House of Representatives to be recalled between elections, according to LifeZette.
The proposal Nunes has brought forward would make it almost impossible for a member of Congress to make a “motion to vacate” the chair. This motion is allowed to be used by any member at any time and is subject to an immediate vote.
The last time this motion was made was in March of 1910, but with much criticism surrounding Speaker Ryan, the establishment is doing anything they can to allow him to maintain his position.
Nunes’ proposal that he is hoping will be adopted in January at the start of the next Congress would require a majority support from members of either the majority or minority caucus for the motion to be filed.
Freedom Caucus Chairman and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) weighed in on the proposal in their statement to LifeZette:
“Any effort to get rid of the centuries-old ‘motion to vacate’ is a nonstarter. It is an essential tool given to us by the Founding Fathers to allow rank-and-file members to express discontent with their leadership. Any attempt to alter it would cross a line, and undermine both the trust of members in their leadership and of Americans in their representatives.”
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