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House Reconvenes for Fourth Round of House Speaker Election

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On Wednesday, Congressional lawmakers reconvened to hold its fourth round of voting to determine the next U.S. House Speaker.

Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) was nominated for Speaker as was New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. House Freedom Caucus chairman Chip Roy nominated Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) for the Speaker’s gavel.

While the fourth round of voting is ongoing, Rep. Donalds has already secured 20 votes for Speaker, meaning McCarthy will once again fall short of the 218 threshold- sending Congress to a fifth round of voting.

Notably, no Republican followed Tuesday’s lead to nominate Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan. Jordan, who is expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee received 19 votes for Speaker during Tuesday’s round of voting.

Rep. Jordan cast his vote for Rep. McCarthy for House Speaker.

On Tuesday, no nominee received the 218 votes needed to win the Speaker’s gavel sending lawmakers into chaos.

Over the weekend, Rep. McCarthy offered a number of concessions including allowing a move to “vacate the chair” that would force a vote on ousting the Speaker with the approval of five Republican members, rather than a threshold of at least half of the House GOP Conference that Republicans adopted in an internal rule in November. 

The chamber is also scheduled to create a House Judiciary Select Subcommittee on the “Weaponization of the Federal Government,” a recognition of a request to increase scrutiny on the Biden administration and intelligence agencies.

In a letter to GOP colleagues, McCarthy — speaking as “Speaker-Designate” — also addressed a request from conservatives to have more representation on committees.

“I will use my selections on key panels to ensure they more closely reflect the ideological makeup of our conference, and will advocate for the same when it comes to the membership of standing committees. This will facilitate greater scrutiny of bills from the start so they stand a greater chance of passing in the end,” the letter from McCarthy said.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.

4 COMMENTS

  1. It’s time for a newer generations. We are tired
    of the same old people with outdated ideas. And
    no plans for the future or the future of our children and grandchildren. We need congress to work together.

  2. The Republicans are going to lose a battle and never be elected to anything if they do not get rid of these worthless communist pedophile rhinos that they keep worshiping and putting in high places like fine example would be a worthless Mitch McConnell if they continue to keep voting for these workless pieces of shit I am going to start voting straight Democrat across the board no matter who runs for president

  3. At this point, the GOP is a disgrace. The Republicans cannot unite on anything. The Dems stick together through all their lies and no matter what any one of them would do. They stick like glue.
    That Byron Donalds is just looking out for his own advancement. He’s changed his vote every vote, after saying on TV he would vote for McCarthy. Boebert needs to shut her
    mouth along with Gaetz. McCarthy has worked long and hard for the Republican Party but
    more over for the American people and our Nation. He raised money for the Republicans
    to be elected in November, 2022. It is disgusting we still have 20 Rino’s in our Congress.
    Let McCarthy be the Speaker and stop the clown show. McCarthy will make a great speaker.
    Our Nation is falling apart, and 20 self seeking Republicans are playing games in Congress.

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