What is the procedure for replacing the speaker of the house?

  • rnch

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    Oct 07, 2013 9:54 PM GMT
    Surely more than one congress member is pondering this question!
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    Oct 07, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    A majority of members [218] would have to agree to a Speaker's election and Republicans have more than enough members to keep that from happening.
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    Oct 07, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    "Boehner knows better than anyone how difficult it can be to remove a speaker mid-term. In 1997, after many Republicans decided that Speaker Newt Gingrich had become an embarrassment, Boehner helped lead a failed coup to replace Gingrich and replace him with Rep. Bill Paxon (R-NY). At least according to Gingrich, the coup failed because Gingrich refused to resign, and warned the coup leaders that if they kicked him out of the speakership there may not have been enough GOP votes to install Paxon — and could even have been enough GOP defectors willing to join with the substantial Democratic minority to make Rep. Dick Gephardt (D-MO) speaker."

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2011/07/29/282861/deposing-boehner/
  • AMoonHawk

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    Oct 07, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    They should give all of congress and senate breathalizers and tell them if they don't go to AA they have to step down from their office
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    Oct 07, 2013 11:59 PM GMT
    I was thinking more along the lines of IQ tests, with some minimum score for eligibility. But of course that wouldn't work because nobody with triple-digit scores would run for office in the first place. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Oct 08, 2013 12:12 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI was thinking more along the lines of IQ tests, with some minimum score for eligibility. But of course that wouldn't work because nobody with triple-digit scores would run for office in the first place. icon_rolleyes.gif


    This would most assuredly eliminate Rep Corrine Brown.