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House No. 2 Confirms Bid for Speaker

Steve Scalise is competing with Jim Jordan for gavel

(Newser) - Rep. Jim Jordan was the first Republican to announce a bid to replace Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House speaker Wednesday, but he wasn't in the race alone for long. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise announced his bid hours after Jordan, telling fellow lawmakers, "We all need to come...

He's the First to Say He's Running for Speaker

Jim Jordan is throwing his hat in the ring

(Newser) - The list of those officially seeking the gavel formerly held by Kevin McCarthy now has one name on it. Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday announced he'll run to be the next speaker of the House. In a letter seeking his GOP colleagues' support, Jordan described being "at a...

'There Has to Be Consequences' for Kevin McCarthy's Ouster

Ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn't the only one baffled by fellow Republicans' machinations

(Newser) - Kevin McCarthy has said he won't run again for the coveted House speaker gavel, after being ousted in a historic 216-210 vote Tuesday thanks to a rebellion of far-right Republicans led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who joined with all the House Democrats in booting McCarthy. Now, that unprecedented...

What's Next After McCarthy Ouster
McCarthy Says He Won't
Run for Speaker Again

McCarthy Says He Won't Run for Speaker Again

Historic ouster leaves House in disarray

(Newser) - The ousting of Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House speaker is a first in US history—and it's left the chamber leaderless and in disarray. Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry was named interim speaker after the 216-210 vote but the House will be "paralyzed" until a successor is chosen, the...

House Votes 216-210 to Oust McCarthy

Republican is first speaker to be stripped of gavel

(Newser) - In a historic 216 to 210 vote Tuesday, House lawmakers made Rep. Kevin McCarthy the first House speaker ever to be stripped of the gavel. Rebellious conservative Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz joined Democrats in voting for a measure to remove McCarthy as speaker, the first vote of its...

Vote to Oust House Speaker Will Be First Since 1910

Motion to table measure against Kevin McCarthy failed

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new details. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy could be in serious danger of losing the gavel. A motion to block a measure to remove the Republican was rejected in a vote Tuesday, setting up a debate on the "motion to vacate," which will...

McCarthy to Call Quick Vote on His Fate

House speaker says he hasn't struck a deal with Democrats, and they apparently won't help him

(Newser) - Updated to reflect that Democrats say they won't try to save the speaker. Kevin McCarthy apparently wants to get this over with. The House speaker says he plans to call a vote on whether he should remain in his post Tuesday afternoon, reports Politico . What's more, McCarthy says...

DC's Big Question: Will Democrats Save the Speaker?
McCarthy's Fate
Is Up to Democrats

McCarthy's Fate Is Up to Democrats

Leader Hakeem Jeffries meets with his caucus Tuesday to decide whether to save the speaker

(Newser) - Matt Gaetz has made good on his threat to try to oust fellow Republican Kevin McCarthy as House speaker. The Florida congressman invoked the rarely used "motion to vacate" procedural tool, meeting McCarthy's challenge to "bring it on," per the AP . "Just did," Gaetz...

McCarthy May Have a Political 'Superpower'

He actually likes and wants his job, argues op-ed, helping make him the best GOP speaker in decades

(Newser) - A story at the Hill on Monday suggests that Kevin McCarthy's hold on his job as House speaker is shaky over the debt-ceiling deal. The gist is that members of the House Freedom Caucus on the right think McCarthy didn't strike a hard enough bargain, and at least...

Did Biden 'Outfox' McCarthy? Vote Count May Tell the Tale

If House speaker needs lots of Democrats to raise debt ceiling, it doesn't bode well for him

(Newser) - The House votes Wednesday night on a deal to avoid a potentially calamitous default , and both Republicans and Democrats say the measure will pass. But a new DC drama has emerged about what the final vote tally will be—and the ramifications for House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in particular. Coverage:...

McCarthy, Jeffries Offer Fiery Speeches After Final Vote

New House Speaker McCarthy, Jeffries make promises as 118th Congress kicks off

(Newser) - House Republican Kevin McCarthy finally ascended to the speaker's chair in Saturday's early hours after a night marked by tension and chaos, and both he and Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries delivered fiery speeches that roused their respective parties and, at various times, the chamber as a whole:
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In 14th Round, McCarthy Falls Short by One Vote
After 15 Rounds,
McCarthy Elected Speaker

After 15 Rounds, McCarthy Elected Speaker

Victory followed chaotic scenes on House floor

(Newser) - It was 15th time that proved lucky for Rep. Kevin McCarthy—the Republican was elected speaker of the House at around 12:30am ET Saturday after the longest speakership election since 1859. He received a standing ovation after getting 216 votes in the 15th round of voting. Six Republicans voted...

Kevin McCarthy Edging Closer to Speakership Victory

He's just a few votes shy as the House adjourns until Friday night

(Newser) - Will Friday bring the House a new speaker? Possibly, but day four of the Kevin McCarthy saga began in familiar fashion: McCarthy failed to secure the necessary number of votes on the 12th and 13th ballots. The House then adjourned and will reconvene at 10pm. Though McCarthy lost, he did...

Report: McCarthy Has 2-Phase Plan to Win Speakership

Phase one will involve getting at least a few rebels to change sides, sources say

(Newser) - After 11 failed attempts with near-identical results, Rep. Kevin McCarthy will be hoping for something different when the House reconvenes Friday to continue what is now the longest-running speakership election since before the Civil War. Some 20 hardline conservatives have consistently voted against McCarthy, but some opponents said late Thursday...

House Retires for Night After McCarthy Loses 11th Vote

Supporters say a deal is close, but GOP holdouts haven't budged

(Newser) - The House will have to vote at least 12 times in its historic impasse on electing a speaker, after an 11th vote Thursday night settled nothing. Supporters of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's candidacy told reporters they're close to a deal with his Republican opponents, per the Washington Post , though...

House of Representatives Is Currently a 'Useless Entity'

Members can't be sworn in while deadlock over electing a speaker continues

(Newser) - What some critics would argue is the usual state of affairs is currently the official reality in the House of Representatives: With no speaker chosen, the chamber is a "useless entity," unable to swear in its members, let alone conduct other business including passing laws or forming committees,...

Report: McCarthy Makes More Concessions to GOP Rebels

He says progress was made in negotiations after 6th vote for speaker

(Newser) - After six stinging defeats over two days in his quest to become House speaker, Rep. Kevin McCarthy is expected to keep trying when the chamber reconvenes at noon Thursday. Sources tell the Washington Post that during an hourslong adjournment after Wednesday's third vote, McCarthy made more concessions to a...

As House Adjourns, GOP Frustration With Holdouts Grows
McCarthy Wins
More Time With
House Adjournment

McCarthy Wins More Time With House Adjournment

Chamber will reconvene at noon Thursday, allowing speaker candidates to cut deals

(Newser) - On a two-vote margin, the House decided Wednesday night to adjourn until noon Thursday after six votes so far this week have failed to choose the next speaker. This already is the most protracted election for speaker the House has seen in a century—and it's far from clear...

After McCarthy Loses 6th Round, House Takes a Break

Results were identical in 3 rounds of voting Wednesday

(Newser) - Wednesday's fourth vote for House speaker ended up with Democrat Hakeem Jeffries in the lead, as did the fifth vote—and then the sixth. With 201 votes in the fourth, fifth, and sixth votes, Kevin McCarthy ended up some 16 votes shy of the 217 votes that are needed...

Speaker Vote Gets Rowdy After Alcohol Accusation

Republican said there was 'popcorn, alcohol, and blankets' on Democratic side of chamber

(Newser) - Things got a little rowdy in the House chamber Wednesday as members prepared for the third attempt of the day—and sixth overall—to elect a new speaker. Republican Rep. Kat Cammack nominated Rep. Kevin McCarthy, but some Democrats loudly objected to her speech, repeatedly disrupting it. Addressing the House,...

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