WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected speaker of the United States House of Representatives in a historic 15th ballot just after midnight Saturday after overcoming reluctance from fellow party members and weeks of tension on the floor. New conservative majority to govern.
After four grueling days of voting, McCarthy managed to get more than a dozen Republicans to switch their votes to support his candidacy, including the chairman of the so-called House Freedom Caucus, who prevented him from taking command of the new Senate. Only a few kept away the tickets. Congress.
In the resumption of the night’s session, McCarthy came close to being selected in the 14th round, but fell within one vote.
The representative from California then went behind the floor to confront Matt Gaetz, who sat with Lauren Boebert and other lawmakers who opposed his nomination. Fingers were pointed at each other, words were exchanged and, apparently, one MLA was held up while his colleagues looked on in disbelief.
At one point, Alabama Republican Rep. Mike Rogers began charging at Goetz before Richard Hudson, a fellow party member, physically restrained him.
“Keep order!” someone shouted
Republicans rushed to adjourn, but McCarthy changed his vote to continue the session as his allies chanted “One More Time!”
Some Republicans who opposed the election then began “present” voting, which dramatically reduced the number of votes needed to win the position at the end of a fourth day of deadlock, which showed the strengths and weaknesses of democracy.
McCarthy told reporters earlier in the day that he believed “we will have the votes to end this forever.”
Associated Press writers Marie Claire Jalonic and Kevin Freking and video reporters Nathan Elgren and Mike Pesoli contributed to this report.