The vote to determine House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney’s fate in leadership is scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to an announcement sent to members on Friday.
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) is slated to initiate the call for the vote to oust the Wyoming Republican — the No. 3 Republican in the House and daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney — who had come under fire for her criticisms of former President Donald Trump.
The meeting is slated to kick off at 9:00 a.m., the morning after House lawmakers arrive back to Washington after their two week recess.
The vote will mark the second time Cheney has faced an attempt to remove her from her leadership role this year. She overwhelmingly prevailed in a vote in February after a group of conservatives attempted to oust her shortly after her announcement that she would vote in favor to impeach Trump for “incitement” of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
While Cheney overcame previous calls for her removal, GOP lawmakers have told The Post the climate is different now, with members arguing her continued criticisms have hindered her ability to lead messaging efforts for the conference.
Unlike the February vote, Cheney’s ouster now has the support of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
Tensions with Cheney appear to have reached a boiling point at the House GOP retreat in Orlando late last month, when she publicly split with McCarthy on the scope of the Jan. 6 investigative commission, indicated Trump is no longer the leader of the party, and during a string of interviews with reporters said lawmakers that challenged the certification of the election should be disqualified from becoming the 2024 presidential nominee — not ruling out a bid herself.
While her critics argue her decision to speak out against Trump is a distraction from their agenda, Cheney’s allies insist she has been consistent in her messaging pushing back against the Biden agenda — arguing the vote comes down to whether it’s “okay for someone to be in leadership and tell the truth.”
“It’s very clear and upfront for members about what’s at stake with this vote, and I don’t think there’s anything to really whip or convince, or arm twist — it’s black and white for what the vote will be about,” one source familiar with her thinking told The Post.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) — the former chair of the moderate Tuesday Group whose profile rapidly rose after she was tapped to serve as one of Trump’s defenders during the first impeachment trial — is expected to succeed Cheney following the likely ouster.
Stefanik has received pushback from a number of conservative lawmakers and advocacy groups who argue she is not conservative enough to fill the role, but the members noted the high-profile endorsements from Trump and Scalise will make it difficult to find a viable challenger.
Stefanik is expected to tout her credentials to the conservative House Freedom Caucus ahead of the vote on Monday evening.