Embattled GOP leader Kevin McCarthy lost an eighth-round vote for House speaker on Thursday, sparking chaos in his party and paralyzed Capitol Hill.
One of his opponents, Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona, once again named GOP Representative Byron Donalds as a spoiler in order to derail McCarthy’s path to a majority vote.
Another, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, voted for Donald Trump for the second time.
And outspoken Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado named yet another Republican lawmaker when it was time to vote.
She first mentioned support only for ‘Kevin,’ turning her knife of disapproval at the embattled GOP leader as she clarified that her endorsement was with Kevin Hearn, the incoming Republican Study Committee Chair of Oklahoma.
Boebert told DailyMail.com that she had switched her vote from Donalds to Hearn because ‘we’re not going to get the votes’ to back a black Florida Republican.
Hearn, who voted for McCarthy, won a second vote from Representative-elect Josh Britchen – also of Oklahoma.
When asked by DailyMail.com why, Bretchen said: ‘He’s from Oklahoma, he has a very good track record on fiscal responsibility.’
US Republican Representative Kevin McCarthy listens before the House of Representatives votes for a new speaker for the seventh term at the US Capitol in Washington, DC
In Thursday’s seventh round of voting, McCarthy’s number of ‘no’ votes quickly exceeded the four-member limit he could afford to lose, as members of the same group of ‘Never Kevin’ Republicans voted for the gavel. Your search was shot.
While most of those rebels voted for Florida GOP Representative Byron Donalds, as they did yesterday, flamboyant Congressman Matt Gaetz broke with his faction to nominate Donald Trump.
It’s a purely symbolic move by a legislator who vowed never to vote for McCarthy again.
Asked by DailyMail.com whether he really believed Trump was a good candidate for the gavel, Gaetz quipped: ‘Yeah, that’s why I voted for him.’
Multiple reports stated that McCarthy would cede significantly more power to the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, despite agreeing to several concessions.
When it came time to vote for the first time, Donald was not present in the chamber. He later returned to vote for himself.
Otherwise, the seventh round vote played out largely like the others. Rape. Marjorie Taylor Greene was seen sitting next to Gaetz, despite the two having a business feud in the days leading up to the Speaker’s vote over their differing opinions on McCarthy.
Despite this, however, Green held fast to his vote for the embattled House GOP leader.
The first round of voting ultimately saw all 212 Democrats back their new leader, Hakeem Jeffries, while McCarthy received 201 votes.
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert broke with her fellow GOP McCarthy critics to vote for a new presidential candidate – Rep. Kevin Hearn, chairman of the Republican Study Committee
Firebrand GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene were seen sitting next to each other despite publicly breaking up over McCarthy’s speakership bid.
Nineteen Republicans supported Donald. And Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana, who switched her vote from ‘McCarthy’ to ‘present’ on Wednesday, has done so again.
In an otherwise dreary proceeding, some MPs imposed a levy.
Democratic Rep. Jared Huffman repeated a bit he started on Wednesday, voting for his party’s leader, Hakeem Jeffries, in the style of a popular internet meme known as ‘Leroy Jenkins’, in which the exaggerated Name calling is included.
GOP Representative-elect Mike Lawler, casting his vote for McCarthy, said he was proudly casting his vote from the district that is “the home of Bill and Hillary Clinton.” This statement made the GOP leader laugh.
House lawmakers make their way back to the US Capitol as Republicans battle to lead their slim majority into a third day.
McCarthy’s bid for the House speakership was derailed by conservative insurgents dubbed the ‘Taliban 20’ by one of his aides.
The House was adjourned on Wednesday evening after a raucous vote on whether to call it a night.
Just before 9 p.m. last night, House Democrats’ new No. 3 Rep. Pete Aguilar called for an in-person vote after the voice vote proved inconclusive.
Four Republicans joined the Democrats in trying to drag out the session for more votes—which would likely result in additional losses for McCarthy—but ultimately the vote for adjournment fell 216 to 214.
For the seventh round, McCarthy was nominated by Michigan Rep.-Elect John James.
GOP Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina stood to nominate Florida Representative Byron Donalds, who was nominated Wednesday by the anti-McCarthy faction.
“I am confident that we will reach a solution, otherwise we will not succeed,” McCarthy told reporters at the US Capitol ahead of Thursday’s vote.
The historic impasse has paralyzed Capitol Hill; Without a speaker, the 118th House of Representatives cannot be sworn in, and new legislation cannot move through the House or through committees—which do not have formal chairs.
And on Wednesday, a group of Republican military veterans held a press conference warning that the incarceration was leading to critical national security vulnerabilities. Rep. Michael Waltz of Florida told the podium, ‘All over the world authoritarian regimes are pointing to what’s going on in the House of Representatives and saying, ‘Look at what’s wrong with democracy, look at how it’s not working. Doesn’t function.”‘
It has been reported that McCarthy made some significant new concessions to 20 of his opponents, including a measure that would allow a GOP lawmaker to trigger a vote for a new House speaker. CNN – Known as the motion to vacate the chair.
In addition to proposing to vacate the chair on a vote, McCarthy has reportedly promised conservative votes on border security and term limits legislation.
He also reportedly agreed to give members of the hardline-right House Freedom Caucus more spots on the House Rules Committee. The powerful panel acts as the gatekeeper to any legislation that comes to the House.
McCarthy offers new concessions to win over hard-wing Republicans
In surprising reversal, GOP leaders now open to ‘red-line’ demands of once-right-wing rebels
• One-member ‘motion to vacate the chair’
In a major concession to the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, California Republicans have offered to reduce the number of members – five to one – needed to sponsor a resolution to force a vote to remove the speaker. a change that the GOP leader previously said he would not accept.
• Freedom Caucus to have rules committee seats
McCarthy is open to allowing GOP hardliners to choose four of the party’s members on the powerful rules committee — no small concession because it controls which legislation reaches the floor, as well as any lawmakers Allows spending to propose changes to legislation that include any tank scale.
• Voting on term limits
There was also discussion of introducing legislation limiting members of the House to three terms and senators to two terms. The upper chamber is currently led by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York which means the proposal to limit the Senate is a no-go.
• Will head the rebel sub-committee
Several ‘Never Kevin Caucus’ members seek high-profile assignments, including Matt Gaetz of Florida as chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee and Andy Harris of Maryland as head of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Is.
• Changes in the appropriations process
The Freedom Caucus wants rule changes that would decentralize power in both the House GOP — and the rest of the chamber — to give more power to individual members. Demands that committee chairs be selected by the committee and not the leadership, and rewards fundraising and party loyalty.
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