Patrick McHenry

House Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., is pursued by reporters as he returns to the offices of former Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 4, 2023 in Washington, D.C. The process is underway to replace McCarthy, who was ousted from the speakership on Oct. 3 by a group of conservative members of his own Republican Party along with all the Democratic members of the House of Representatives. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How does a ‘frozen’ U.S. House function without a speaker? Everyone’s got an opinion.

BY: and - October 5, 2023

WASHINGTON — The stunning ouster of U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday — the first time a speaker has been removed in Congress’ 234-year history — created a leadership vacuum in the chamber and left multiple questions about how legislative business would proceed. North Carolina Republican Patrick McHenry ascended to the role of speaker pro tempore […]