BREAKING NEWS: Kevin McCarthy Loses SEVENTH Speaker’s Ballot & Matt Gaetz Votes For TRUMP On Third Day Of House Farce: Rebels Ditch In, Keep Casting Votes For Rivals Despite GOP Leader gives them important concessions
Beleaguered Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is on pace to lose a seventh round of voting for House speaker on Thursday, further fueling the chaos that has engulfed his party and paralyzed the Capitol.
McCarthy’s ‘no’ vote count quickly surpassed the four-member threshold he can afford to lose, as members of the same group of ‘Never Kevin’ Republicans turned down his quest for the gavel.
While most of those rebels voted for Florida Republican Rep. Byron Donalds, as they did yesterday, Congressman Matt Gaetz broke away from his faction to nominate Donald Trump.
It’s a purely symbolic move by a lawmaker who all but vowed never to vote for McCarthy.
When it came time to cast a vote, whether for himself or others, Donalds was not present on camera.
Otherwise, the seventh round vote proceeded largely like the others. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was seen sitting next to Gaetz, despite two back-and-forth exchanges in the days leading up to the president’s vote over his differing views on McCarthy.
Republican US Representative Kevin McCarthy listens before the House of Representatives votes for the seventh time on a new speaker at the US Capitol in Washington.
Firebrand Republican representatives Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were seen sitting next to each other, despite their public break over McCarthy’s presidential bid.
Yet despite that, Greene clung to his vote for the embattled House Republican leader.
House lawmakers wearily returned to the US Capitol as the Republican fight over who will lead their slim majority stretches for a third day.
Republican leader Kevin McCarthy’s bid for House speaker was derailed by conservative rebels, dubbed the ‘Taliban 20’ by an ally.
The House adjourned Wednesday night after a raucous vote on whether to call him the night.
Just before 9:00 pm last night, the new No. 3 House Democrat, Pete Aguilar, called for individual votes to be cast after the voice vote went inconclusive.
Four Republicans joined Democrats in trying to lengthen the session to get more votes, which would likely have resulted in more round losses for McCarthy, but ultimately the vote fell 216 to 214 in favor of adjournment.
For the seventh round, McCarthy was nominated by Michigan representative John James.
Republican Rep. Dan Bishop ran to nominate Florida Rep. Byron Donalds, whom the anti-McCarthy faction nominated on Wednesday.
A moment ago, at the US Capitol, McCarthy told reporters: “I am sure that we will reach a solution, otherwise we will not succeed.”
Historic gridlock has paralyzed the Capitol; without a chair, the 118th House of Representatives cannot be sworn in and new legislation cannot pass on the floor or through committees, which do not yet have formal chairs.
And on Wednesday, a group of Republican military veterans held a news conference warning that the disorder was creating significant national security vulnerabilities. Florida Representative Michael Waltz said from the podium: “Authoritarian regimes around the world are pointing to what’s going on in the House of Representatives and saying, Look at the mess of democracy, look at how it doesn’t work, it can’t function.” .’
McCarthy has reportedly made some major new concessions to his 20-plus detractors, including a move that would allow a Republican lawmaker to spark a vote for a new House speaker, according to CNN – known as a motion to vacate the chair.
In addition to the motion to vacate the chair set to a vote, McCarthy also promised the Conservatives votes on border security and term limit legislation.
He has also reportedly agreed to give more seats on the House Rules Committee to members of the hardline House Freedom Caucus. The powerful panel acts as a gatekeeper to any legislation that is introduced.