The House voted to adjourn and delay the next round of votes for House speaker after Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to win the support needed after the 11th round of voting.
The vote to recess until noon Friday, to allow more time for McCarthy to negotiate with the 20 members of his party standing between him and the speaker's gavel, follows a highly contentious adjournment vote Wednesday night. Despite major concessions, talks with the conservative hard-liners didn't result in a deal that could get McCarthy to 218 votes, but in a promising sign for McCarthy, his allies appear to have made progress Thursday evening on an agreement with detractors.
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Democrats have been whipping against adjourning, and the vote Wednesday night to push the next vote until Thursday nearly failed when four of the rebel GOP lawmakers joined with them. None of those McCarthy holdouts voted against adjournment on Thursday, with the vote passing 219-213.
Though McCarthy has made numerous concessions to the group, including allowing one member to force a vote to oust a sitting speaker, placing more conservative hard-liners on the House Rules Committee, promising votes on key bills, and not spending in safe Republican primaries, a few of the detractors, who include Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO), remain unswayed. Another group that includes Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Dan Bishop (R-NC) say they could be convinced if more of their demands are met.
Most of the group voted for Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) as an alternative to McCarthy, but in the 10th round, more holdout votes shifted to Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK), chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
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This is the first time since 1923 that electing the speaker has taken more than one ballot.
klparrot on January 6th, 2023 at 05:27 UTC »
Tomorrow morning he has to wake up and go in to work knowing that the only items on the agenda are him failing publicly again and again, and again and again and again.
robodrew on January 6th, 2023 at 03:01 UTC »
I just have to say it is truly a delight to see article after article in this sub with the titles just continually counting up how many votes McCarthy has currently lost.
Justind123 on January 6th, 2023 at 01:13 UTC »
See you all here tomorrow for the next 5 failures!