Connect with us

World

Kevin McCarthy falls short in 1st House speaker vote

News Agencies

Published

on

Kevin McCarthy falls short in 1st House speaker vote
Kevin McCarthy

Rep. Kevin McCarthy at the Capitol on Tuesday. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., failed to earn a majority of votes in his bid for House Speaker on Tuesday, an embarrassing development that will force a second ballot for the first time in a century.

While Republicans took control of the House in November’s midterm elections, they fell far short of a predicted landslide victory, leaving only a slim majority to work with. McCarthy could only afford four defections; in the end, McCarthy lost 19 Republican votes.

The vote for speaker will now go to a second ballot, followed by an indefinite number of additional votes if a candidate can’t secure a majority. McCarthy and his allies have said he plans to stick it out, which would require convincing dissenting Republicans or Democratic votes to support his candidacy. Another lawmaker, such as the House GOP’s No. 2, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., could also emerge as a consensus pick.

Advertisement
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, second from right

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (second from right) confers with other representatives as they cast their votes for speaker. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Among the Republican representatives receiving votes other than McCarthy were Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Jim Banks, R-Ind., Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., and Byron Donalds, R-Fla. The last time the selection of a House speaker took more than one ballot was 1923, when nine ballots were required for Frederick Gillett to take the gavel. It took the 34th Congress, convened in 1855, 133 ballots and two months to settle on Nathaniel Prentice Banks.

Democrats were gleeful, noting they were “united” behind New York’s Hakeem Jeffries as their party’s leader in the chamber after former Speaker Nancy Pelosi stepped down from the role. Jeffries received a round of applause when he voted for himself, as did Pelosi, who remains in the House as a rank-and-file member.

McCarthy, who had served as the minority leader, wooed his GOP critics by endorsing rule changes, including making it easier for a smaller group of members to challenge leadership in a procedure known as vacating the chair. The California Republican, who also lost a bid for speaker in 2015, urged the party to support him in a closed-door meeting earlier Tuesday, saying, “I earned this job.”

Advertisement

Members of the House of Representatives participate in the vote for Speaker on the first day of the 118th Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 03, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Members of the House of Representatives participate in the vote for Speaker on the first day of the 118th Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 03, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“Kevin McCarthy is not the right candidate to be Speaker,” Rep. Don Bishop, R-N.C., said Tuesday in a statement representative of some of the oppositions’ feelings. “He has perpetuated the Washington status quo that makes this body one of the most unsuccessful and unpopular institutions in the country.”

“There’s times we’re going to have to argue with our own members, if they’re looking out for only positions for themselves, not for the country,” McCarthy said Tuesday morning before the vote. “For the last two months we worked together. As a whole conference, we developed rules that empower all members. But we’re not empowering certain members over others.”

Advertisement

A former Republican leader in the state assembly, McCarthy first won election to the House in 2006. In a potentially ominous sign for how long the process might take, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., said she’d vote for McCarthy “no matter how many times it takes.” Following the failed vote, McCarthy conceded it was possible the Speaker process could take days.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Advertisement

Breaking News

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and More Announced by Disney Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and More Announced by Disney
Entertainment11 hours ago

Frozen 3, Toy Story 5, and More Announced by Disney

During today’s Disney Q1 earnings call, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that sequels to Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and...

Chrissy Teigen doesn't 'know how to go on' after her infamous Trump takedown tweet is read at House hearing Chrissy Teigen doesn't 'know how to go on' after her infamous Trump takedown tweet is read at House hearing
Entertainment11 hours ago

Chrissy Teigen doesn’t ‘know how to go on’ after her infamous Trump takedown tweet is read at House hearing

Chrissy Teigen reacts to her uncensored Trump tweet being read during the House Oversight Committee’s Twitter hearing. (Photo: Dia Dipasupil/Getty...

Perry Mason is a proud nobody in the new trailer for season two Perry Mason is a proud nobody in the new trailer for season two
Entertainment12 hours ago

Perry Mason is a proud nobody in the new trailer for season two

Matthew Rhys Matthew Rhys’ drunken, dour, and very good public defender is back for another round. Perry Mason’s second season...

Ben Stiller's big acting comeback: Starring as 'ridiculously good looking' Zoolander for Pepsi Super Bowl commercial Ben Stiller's big acting comeback: Starring as 'ridiculously good looking' Zoolander for Pepsi Super Bowl commercial
Entertainment13 hours ago

Ben Stiller’s big acting comeback: Starring as ‘ridiculously good looking’ Zoolander for Pepsi Super Bowl commercial

Ben Stiller as Derek Zoolander in Pepsi Zero Sugar ad Ben Stiller is finally acting again… though his comeback vehicle...

'Mean Girls' standout Rajiv Surendra on the role that made him leave Hollywood: 'I felt dead inside for a long time' 'Mean Girls' standout Rajiv Surendra on the role that made him leave Hollywood: 'I felt dead inside for a long time'
Entertainment13 hours ago

‘Mean Girls’ standout Rajiv Surendra on the role that made him leave Hollywood: ‘I felt dead inside for a long time’

Rajiv Surendra as the scene-stealer Kevin G. in Mean Girls. (Photo: CBS via Getty Images) Despite actor Rajiv Surendra’s scene-stealing...

Elizabeth Chambers says marriage to Armie Hammer imploded during COVID lockdown: 'He was the worst' Elizabeth Chambers says marriage to Armie Hammer imploded during COVID lockdown: 'He was the worst'
Entertainment14 hours ago

Elizabeth Chambers says marriage to Armie Hammer imploded during COVID lockdown: ‘He was the worst’

Elizabeth Chambers gets candid about her divorce from Armie Hammer. (Photo: JEAN-BAPTISTE LACROIX/AFP via Getty Images) Elizabeth Chambers is finally...

Missy Elliott on the giant Super Bowl XLIX prop the NFL nixed, inviting aliens to her own halftime show and why her Rock Hall nom is so important Missy Elliott on the giant Super Bowl XLIX prop the NFL nixed, inviting aliens to her own halftime show and why her Rock Hall nom is so important
Entertainment14 hours ago

Missy Elliott on the giant Super Bowl XLIX prop the NFL nixed, inviting aliens to her own halftime show and why her Rock Hall nom is so important

Missy Elliott performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Missy Elliott has had quite...

Owen Wilson is giving big Bob Ross energy but can't brush the pain away in new 'Paint' teaser trailer Owen Wilson is giving big Bob Ross energy but can't brush the pain away in new 'Paint' teaser trailer
Entertainment14 hours ago

Owen Wilson is giving big Bob Ross energy but can’t brush the pain away in new ‘Paint’ teaser trailer

There aren’t enough happy little trees in the world to mend Owen Wilson‘s broken heart in the new teaser trailer...

Advertisement

Latest Sports

NBA Rumors: Celtics exploring Payton Pritchard, Danilo Gallinari trade NBA Rumors: Celtics exploring Payton Pritchard, Danilo Gallinari trade
Sports49 mins ago

NBA Rumors: Celtics exploring Payton Pritchard, Danilo Gallinari trade

With the NBA trade deadline fewer than 24 hours away, the Boston Celtics reportedly are exploring a potential package of...

How Chad Henne has impacted the Chiefs juggernaut despite barely ever playing How Chad Henne has impacted the Chiefs juggernaut despite barely ever playing
Sports1 hour ago

How Chad Henne has impacted the Chiefs juggernaut despite barely ever playing

Think Patrick Mahomes just entered the NFL having mastered the habits that could unlock his supernova potential? Guess again.

Inside Donte DiVincenzo's unique perspective before NBA trade deadline Inside Donte DiVincenzo's unique perspective before NBA trade deadline
Sports2 hours ago

Inside Donte DiVincenzo’s unique perspective before NBA trade deadline

Donte DiVincenzo spoke with NBC Sports Bay Area about the business of being traded, and his message to his Warriors...

Commanders haven’t decided whether or not to pick up Chase Young’s fifth-year option Commanders haven’t decided whether or not to pick up Chase Young’s fifth-year option
Sports2 hours ago

Commanders haven’t decided whether or not to pick up Chase Young’s fifth-year option

Commanders defensive end Chase Young returned from his torn ACL to play the last three games of the 2022 season....

Sources: KD traded to Suns in blockbuster move Sources: KD traded to Suns in blockbuster move
Sports3 hours ago

Sources: KD traded to Suns in blockbuster move

What once was a big 3 in Brooklyn officially no longer exists as Suns pull off a massive trade with...

How Kyrie Irving fared in Mavericks debut vs How Kyrie Irving fared in Mavericks debut vs
Sports3 hours ago

How Kyrie Irving fared in Mavericks debut vs. Clippers

Days after being traded by the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving debuted for the Dallas Mavericks vs. the Los Angeles Clippers...

WVU defeats Iowa State 76-71 to win four of last five WVU defeats Iowa State 76-71 to win four of last five
Sports4 hours ago

WVU defeats Iowa State 76-71 to win four of last five

Erik Stevenson got moving early, scoring the first four points for WVU. The Mountaineer defense looked great to start as...

Aces reportedly under investigation for Mark Davis' latest attempt to circumvent CBA in support of players Aces reportedly under investigation for Mark Davis' latest attempt to circumvent CBA in support of players
Sports4 hours ago

Aces reportedly under investigation for Mark Davis’ latest attempt to circumvent CBA in support of players

The Aces were reportedly setting up potential players with money from companies for "negligible" work in return. Other owners and...

Technology Hot News

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" . Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .
Technology3 weeks ago

Led by "Amazon" and "Microsoft" .. the technology giants are planning to lay off 64,000 employees

After 10 years of driving the stock market bull run, big tech companies are racing to downsize staff to adapt...

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors
Technology3 weeks ago

Apple introduces MacBooks with new M2 processors

Yesterday, Tuesday, Apple unveiled MacBooks powered by the new, faster “M2 Pro” and “M2 Max” processor chips, in a surprise...

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung
Technology3 weeks ago

All you need to know about the upcoming Galaxy S23 phones from Samsung

Samsung has officially announced that the (Galaxy Unpacked 2023) event will be held this year on Wednesday, February 1, which...

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency
Technology3 weeks ago

FTX Exchange Announces Hacking and Stolen $415 Million in Cryptocurrency

Bankrupt American cryptocurrency firm FTX announced today, Wednesday, that $415 million in cryptocurrency has been hacked and stolen from the...

Because of a "fraudulent tweet".. Because of a "fraudulent tweet"..
Technology3 weeks ago

Because of a "fraudulent tweet"… Elon Musk's trial begins

Elon Musk's trial began Tuesday in San Francisco with the selection of jury members who will have to decide whether...

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions
Technology3 weeks ago

An electric spoon replaces salt and spices, but with conditions

Experts have developed an electric spoon that is able to replace spices and flavors and affect the taste buds in...

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices. The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.
Technology4 weeks ago

The biggest dangers of using tracking devices.. so you can escape?

If you spot an unknown Bluetooth tagging device, there are ways to disable the device so it can't track your...

New Twitter. New Twitter.
Technology4 weeks ago

New Twitter.. For You tab to web version

The Twitter platform announced that it will bring the new tab (For You), which launched last Tuesday for iPhones and...

Advertisement