US House of Representatives: Next vote will be tonight
Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy reacts as he listens to the results of the 13th round of voting for the election of a Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Republican elected Kevin McCarthy, favorite to succeed Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, again failed on Friday, for the 13th time in four consecutive days. The next vote has been postponed to 10 p.m. tonight.
The Californian elected official has for the first time made significant progress in his candidacy, managing to convince some members of his camp to elect him as “speaker”.
For four days, his election has been blocked by a handful of Republicans loyal to former President Donald Trump who still oppose his nomination, although he has made several proposals to his opponents, offering them including greater influence on bills put to the vote.
The diehards of the “Freedom Caucus”, a far-right parliamentary group, accuse him of being too moderate.
Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in midterm elections in November and hold 222 of 435 seats.
As of Friday afternoon, after the 13th round, Mr. McCarthy was two Republican votes short of mustering the 218 needed to secure the Speakership of the House.
< p class="e-p">We will have those votes, he assured CNN before the postponement of the next round to Friday evening.
We're going to make progress, we're going to surprise you, Kevin McCarthy promised as he entered the House of Representatives earlier today.
Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy answering questions from reporters in the House of Representatives
This blockage has very concrete repercussions: without a President of the Chamber, elected officials cannot take the oath, nor therefore pass any bill. But the 434 members of the House of Representatives, the scene of this singular spectacle, will continue to vote until a president is elected.
This is the first time in 100 years that the House did not agree on the choice of its Speaker on the first ballot. Nine rounds of voting were required in 1923.
An opportunity for Democrats to denounce the stranglehold of Mr. Trump's faithful – many of whom still refuse to recognize his defeat in 2020 – on the Republican Party, two years after the attack led by his supporters on the seat of Congress.
The chaos in the House of Representatives is just another illustration of how an extreme fringe […] prevents them from governing, assured the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer.
American elected officials in the House of Representatives for the election of a “speaker”.
Member of the Republican staff for more than 10 years, the elected official does not currently have a credible competitor. Only the name of group leader Steve Scalise is circulating as another possible option, without his chances seeming serious.
What is usually a matter of a few hours could extend over several weeks: in 1856, the elected members of Congress had only agreed after two months and 133 laps.
Annoyance was palpable in members of the Grand Old Party, who broadly support Kevin McCarthy's candidacy, sparking heated debates in the x27;hemicycle. The Republican leadership also knows that it cannot afford to go overboard and alienate moderate Republicans.
In the Democratic ranks, where the elected officials all rise en bloc at each vote, as if to accentuate the Republican divisions a little more, we are busy as best we can. Joe Biden's party may show unity around its leader Hakeem Jeffries, but neither does the camp have enough votes to end this paralysis.
With information from Agence France-Presse, and Reuters