When Reps. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Paul Gosar were seen conversing on the House floor Tuesday afternoon, observers were curious to know what could be causing the New York Democrat and Arizona Republican to talk so casually. Eventually, Gosar was removed from his committee appointments in 2021 for posting an anime video of himself attacking and hitting Ocasio-Cortez.
The matter at hand turned out to be the one running in front of them, as the new Republican majority attempted and failed to elect the House Speaker. Without a House Speaker, no delegates could be sworn in and the business of the House was at a standstill.
Ocasio-Cortez told MSNBC’s Alex Wagner Later Tuesday that Gosar brought up the possibility of Republicans cutting a deal with Democrats that could secure the speakership for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Challenges brought by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and others meant that three rounds of voting on Tuesday failed to reach the total needed to elect McCarthy.
Ocasio-Cortez laughed and said: “I guess anything is possible in anarchy, especially in this era.” But he indicated that no deal was likely.
He explained how things happen when there is no consensus in the House.
“Sometimes the leadership of your party — in this case, the Republican Party — will be making claims to try to twist arms and get people in line, and a lot of times, information and truth come into play.”
She continued: “So, sometimes, it’s important to be able to fact-check some of the claims that McCarthy is making, whether the Democrats are flawed or not, et cetera, to keep him honest and to keep people honest. Normal.”
Democrats coalesced around Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) to lead their caucus in November, and Tuesday’s speaker votes lined up behind him without issue. He is expected to formally become the minority leader after the speakership is decided and the MPs are sworn in.
“I think what was important today,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, “was to send the message that we were united behind Hakeem Jeffries as the now-minority leader, or as the leader of the Democrats, and That there would be no defection.”
Gaetz was also caught on camera speaking with Ocasio-Cortez similar conversation described as,
Jeffries also said Tuesday evening that Democrats will not help Republicans navigate their internal chaos.
“We are looking for a willing partner to solve problems for the American people, not shield Republicans from their dysfunction,” Jeffries said.
Oddly enough, the camera shots of Ocasio-Cortez and Gosar, and Ocasio-Cortez and Gaetz, were only possible because of House dysfunction.
leaders of the house and senate limit in general C-SPAN, a nonprofit that broadcasts federal government proceedings, broadcasts very wide shots and spotlights on someone speaking — not panning to the side for reactions or who’s talking to whom. , does not consider it. With no one formally seated in the House, C-SPAN was allowed to direct the cameras to the most interesting activities.
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