After THREE voting tries……
The Majority Party Republicans have been unable to choose a Speaker…..
The favorite Republican House member Kevin McCarthy has come in BEHIND Democrat caucus leader Jeffries in the count with both unable to get enough votes for the spot….
House floor leader Jim Jordan has adjourned the lawmaker’s trying to give his party a chance to figure out how to move ahead….
The House adjourned without a speaker on Tuesday for the first time in a century after Kevin McCarthy failed in a third straight vote for the gavel.
And in the final ballot, the GOP leader watched his support begin to chip away.
Staring down a threadbare majority, McCarthy has been unable to dislodge dug-in opposition from the right flank of his conference, who are now openly pushing for conservative hero Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to take the gavel.
GOP lawmakers now hope to resolve their leadership battle privately after several humiliating hours on the floor. McCarthy and his allies have already begun talks with some of the 20 defectors in a desperate attempt to break the detente before the House will resume at noon Wednesday.
“We’re going to go have some more conversations tonight, to see what’s next,” said Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), one of McCarthy’s chief antagonists. He declined to say whether McCarthy’s 20 dissenters would be meeting on their own, but said the talks would include members “across the conference.”
But by the time lawmakers return at noon on Wednesday, it’s not clear if McCarthy would still be the one seeking votes — or another member entirely.
After 14 years in leadership, McCarthy has now tried and failed three times to fulfill his decade-long dream of becoming speaker. In another troubling sign for the GOP leader, he lost the vote of someone who had been supporting him: Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) flipped on the third ballot to support Jordan…..
Over at the Biden White House….
While countless House Democrats spent much of the day reveling in the disarray across the aisle, the White House presented more of a straight face, at least publicly. But the administration is wasting no time focusing the country’s attention on this contrast, even if Biden is presenting it implicitly — not by hammering Republicans as extreme but by demonstrating his own ability to deliver on bipartisan legislation….
Votes for House Speaker (Rounds 1-3). #GOPClownShow
Hakeem Jeffries 212 212 212
Kevin McCarthy 203 203 202
Other 18 19 20
218 votes needed.