The new House of Representatives adjourned for the first time with no speaker, no new members sworn in, and no clear path to functioning as a governing body in the near future. https://t.co/rD89VlHROz
— Axios (@axios) January 4, 2023
… State of play: Three times, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) fell short of the 218 votes needed to become speaker, with 19 Republicans voting for alternative candidates on the first and second ballots.
– On the third ballot, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) switched his vote from McCarthy to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) — calling on the GOP conference to huddle and “come to a consensus” given that McCarthy “doesn’t have the votes.”
– “Hard to overstate the psychological/optical blow of *losing* support on the third ballot when you desperately need things to be heading the opposite direction,” Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman tweeted.
What’s next: McCarthy and the rebels are both digging in, threatening to turn the speaker battle into a war of attrition when the House returns tomorrow at noon.
– Asked how long he’s willing to let this go on, leading anti-McCarthy Republican Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) told reporters this evening: “Six more months.”
– For McCarthy, withdrawing from the race is not on the table. But there’s little else he can offer up in the spirit of compromise, given the raft of concessions he’s already made…
NOW: The U.S House of Representatives has adjourned for the day after Republicans, who have the majority, failed to elect a Speaker. It’s the first time in 100 yrs that a U.S. House speaker was not elected on first ballot. Kevin McCarthy was nominated 3 times. 3 times it failed.
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 3, 2023
Democrats chanted Hakeem Jeffries' name after nominating the New York representative to be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He's received more votes than House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy 3 consecutive times. 🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/j4J9zJEkae
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 3, 2023