McCarthy ally to Republican rebels: Go ahead, make my day

Rep. Garret Graves has a plan to end the debate on whether Speaker Kevin McCarthy should be removed from his post: forcing a vote himself on the question of whether to remove the speaker.

Graves, a staunch ally of McCarthy, told CNN’s Manu Raju on Sunday that it was possible he would make a move to vacate the seat this week to force the hand of the speaker’s foes in the Republican caucus.

“I don’t think the speaker is even remotely concerned about some of the theatrics going on right now,” Graves (R-La.) told CNN. “As a matter of fact … I drafted a motion to vacate for the speaker as well. I’ve got it sitting on my desk right now. And I said, ‘Look, if you’re going to keep hanging this over [his] head and playing these games, let’s just do it now, let’s get it over with. Get your little games over with and then we’ll get back to the things that actually matter.’”

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