Republic Kevin McCarthy He failed to be elected Speaker of the US Lower House in the first vote held this Tuesday after the start of the 118th Congress due to opposition from many members of his own party.
McCarthy needed 218 votes to be elected”.speakerof the lower house and got only 203 and he was not elected the first time – something that had not happened for over a century – so votes would have to be cast continuously until the candidate had the required majority.
Before entering the plenary session, the Congressman from California acknowledged that he did not have enough votes to become the new Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, although he assured that he would continue to fight for it.
The Democratic candidate, Hakeem Jefferies of New York, received 212 votes, while Republicans rebelling against McCarthy put forward another candidate, Congressman Andy Biggs of far-right Arizona, who received 10 votes.
A total of 9 congressmen did not vote for any of them and the vote of Democratic legislator Donald McEachin, who died in November, was missing.
Thereafter, continuous voting takes place until one candidate reaches a majority.
If they fail to do so, Republicans, who control a majority with 222 of the 435 seats, will be forced to field a new candidate.
It took more than one vote to select it last time”speaker“That’s exactly a century ago. In 1923, the Speaker of the House was elected by the ninth ballot, whereas in 1869 it was achieved after 60 ballots, a process that took two months.
The Chamber cannot settle any matter unless “speaker“, which is the third power in the United States after the President, Joe Biden, and the Vice President, Kamala Harris, who also presides over the Senate.
We will probably have a fight in the plenary session, but the fight is for the party and the country, and I am going to fight it.
The rebellion against McCarthy has been led by a small group of ultra-conservative legislators banded together in the so-called Freedom Caucus. Some of them appeared before the media to confirm that they were not going to support McCarthy and to allege that the candidate who presided over the House, in the words of Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, had “unreservedly”. Submission” asked.
Congressman Scott Perry of California recalled that he sent his demands to McCarthy long ago, such as changing the rules of the debate or changing the names he wanted to put in charge of House committees, but that he could not negotiate until the last minute. Wanted to
In his statements to the press, McCarthy criticized that there are members of his party who oppose his appointment because they think “more about their positions than about the country”.
“We’ll probably fight in the full session, but the fight is for party and country, and I’m going to fight it,” said the Congressman from California.
At stake is the replacement of Pelosi, who has presided over the lower house for two terms (2019-2023 and 2007-2011) and who announced she was relinquishing leadership of the Democratic caucus after the election defeat.
The new US Congress begins this new legislature with the expectation that the final two years of President Joe Biden’s term will be hampered by Republican opposition.
Although Republicans won elections to the House of Representatives last November, the victory for conservatives was much smaller than expected.
Furthermore, the Democrats not only managed to retain a majority in the Senate, but also won a new seat. Moderate Republicans blame the lackluster electoral performance on the influence of former President Donald Trump (2017–2021) in the elections, while the hard wing attributes it to a campaign crafted by McCarthy.