WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Republicans in the United States House of Representatives will begin the second day of the new legislature much like the first: Rep. Kevin McCarthy sought to lead the House after losing several rounds of voting that would have added to the new majority. Orthodox in chaos.
It was the first time in 100 years that a lower house presidential candidate failed to win the job on the first ballot, but McCarthy seemed unfazed by the momentous moment. Instead, he vowed to fight to the end, encouraged, he said, by former President Donald Trump to end disarray and unify the Republican Party.
The full House is due to reconvene on Wednesday after a standoff that brought all other business to a standstill while Republicans wait to elect the president.
“Was today the day you wanted? No.
McCarthy indicated that Trump wanted her to stay in the race and asked her to end the Republican chaos in the chamber and unify the party.
The former president “wants to see Republicans united so that we can accomplish exactly what we said we would do,” said Rep.
Asked if he would withdraw his candidacy, McCarthy said, “It’s not going to happen.”
The tumultuous start to the new Congress pointed to the difficulties facing the now Republican-controlled House.
Tensions erupted between the Chamber’s new majority over the stalling of their election promises. Without the president, the House cannot fully constitute itself or swear in its members, appoint committee chairs, begin house proceedings or launch investigations into the Joe Biden government. .
The families of the legislators waited as what is usually a festive day descended into chaos, with children playing in the halls or waiting in the arms of their parents.
But it is unclear at this time how the embattled Republican leader will be able to recover and win the votes of right-wing conservatives who rejected his candidacy. Normally, a simple majority, or 218 votes, is needed to get the job done, but that number could be lower if lawmakers sit out or vote “present”, a tactic McCarthy was considering.
McCarthy failed to pass 203 votes in all three rounds of voting, losing the support of 20 lawmakers from a 222-seat Republican majority.
Since 1923, multiple ballots have not been required to elect the Speaker of the House. The longest process began in late 1855 and lasted two months, with 133 ballots, during the pre-Civil War slavery debates.