Still without a president, the House of Representatives postpones its work to Friday

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Still without a president, the House of Representatives postpones its work until Friday

After 11 ballots, elected House of Representatives voted to postpone proceedings to Friday.

The United States House of Representatives cannot agree on the choice of its president, and this, after 11 votes in three consecutive days. A first in more than a century. The elected officials finally voted on Thursday evening to resume work on Friday.

The political chaos continued Thursday over the election of Republican Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner to replace Nancy Pelosi as the new president. After 11 votes in three straight days, some 20 Republicans still refuse to back him, leaving him well short of the 218 votes needed to hold the presidency.

The Freedom Caucus diehards ( Caucus de la liberté, in French), a far-right parliamentary group, accuse him of being too moderate.

In the House of Representatives, in the United States, the Republicans are unable to agree to elect a president, even after eight ballots. Political columnist Valérie Beaudoin takes stock of this impasse.

Mr. McCarthy had nevertheless reached out by offering major concessions to these elected officials playing the spoilsport. In vain.

Members of the most conservative fringe of the party, these elected Trumpists take advantage of the very thin Republican majority won in the mid-term elections in November to set their conditions. Mr. McCarthy, who cannot be elected without their support, notably acceded to one of their requests aimed at facilitating the ousting of the speaker, according to several American media. But the opposition to his candidacy seemed to crystallize.

We are determined to fundamentally change this institution which is on the wrong track, justified the turbulent elected representative of North Carolina Dan Bishop from the hemicycle.

American elected officials in the House of Representatives for the election of a “speaker”

This is the first time in 100 years that the House has not agreed on its Speaker in the first round. Nine rounds of voting were required in 1923.

Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in midterm elections in November and have 222 of 435 seats.

This blockage has very concrete implications: without a President of the Chamber, elected officials cannot take the oath, nor therefore pass any bill.

Those elected will continue to vote until a Speaker of the House of Representatives is elected. What was supposed to be a matter of a few hours could last several weeks: in 1856, the elected members of Congress had only agreed after two months and 133 ballots .

There is no doubt that the problems dividing us today are far less serious than those we had in 1856, launched the elected John James, calling on his colleagues to immediately side with Kevin McCarthy.

A clerk compiles by hand the results of the 10th round of voting to elect a president at the House of Representatives.

Democratic President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the situation embarrassing, saying the rest of the world was watching the mess in Congress closely.

The annoyance and impatience were also felt in the ranks of the Grand Old Party, which overwhelmingly support the candidacy of Kevin McCarthy, giving rise to very heated debates in the x27;hémicycle.

The Republicans are thus unable, for the moment, to open the numerous investigations they had promised against Joe Biden .

A situation that the Democrats observe with a certain amusement, between sardonic laughter and applause intended for their Republican colleagues. Joe Biden's party is united around the candidacy of leader Hakeem Jeffries, but the elected official does not have enough votes to access the perch either.

Facing a hostile but messy House could prove a political boon for Joe Biden if he confirms his intention to run again in 2024 – a move he is due to announce earlier this year.

With information from Agence France-Presse, and Associated Press

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