Tuesday, January 31, 2023

McCarthy brushes through majority but loses again in lower house

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy lost his bid to be re-elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives for a thirteenth term, but is close to a majority after garnering more support.

Faced with twenty ultra-republicans who refused to support him until yesterday, the Californian managed, in the last vote this Friday, to convert the vote of a large part of the twelfth congressmen who rejected him and this He gained more support in the thirteenth. ,

Thus, he only has to convince two other people from a group of ultra-republicans who are reluctant to become the next “speaker” of the lower house.

During today’s two ballots, the fourth day of a grueling and chaotic week on Capitol Hill, pro-McCarthy Republicans cheered each congressman who changed his vote.

After difficult meetings held in recent days, McCarthy won a total of 214 votes to replace this Friday’s vote of 15 congressmen, 14 who had previously supported other candidates and one more who had so far been absent.

Thus, a new vote would have to be taken, number 14, and to win it, McCarthy would have to win the support of at least two of the six legislators who still reject him and could afford four not to support him. Huh.

In this thirteenth round, Democrat Hakeem Jeffries received 212 votes, all from his party’s congressmen, while six independent Republicans voted for other applicants who were not officially nominated but whose names they voted for. Said.

Florida legislator Matt Gaetz, an ally of former President Donald Trump and a member of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus group, is the most reluctant of McCarthy’s presidential picks and in his speech today assured the California legislator would not get the necessary votes. “Not today, not tomorrow, not next week, not next month.”

Therefore, it is one of the toughest nuts to crack for Californians who aspire to be the “speaker,” an important political figure in the country whose tasks include setting a large portion of the legislative calendar, deciding which Projects are voted on and when.

Without the Speaker of the Lower House, the 118th Congress cannot begin and the only option to elect it is to continue voting until one candidate reaches a majority.

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