Prior to this, the record vote in US history was in 1923, when the Speaker of the House was elected in the ninth round. Since then, exactly one hundred years, the speaker has always been chosen in the first round. The current vote broke this seemingly “eternal” historical record. It is not clear if the consensus will be enough to postpone the meeting until Friday: some members of Congress have already indicated that they may be absent from the vote for various professional, medical and family reasons, and this could further complicate the path to victory. McCarthy’s.
In previous rounds, McCarthy, due to the stubbornness of his fellow party members, did not get the 218 votes needed for official passage. The House of Representatives held three votes each Tuesday and Wednesday, deadlocked as the Republican convention hawks refused to endorse McCarthy for president. The impasse over the speaker of the House of Representatives is just the latest part of a decade-long Republican-Republican struggle. It’s just that this fight was postponed or hidden until now, claims NBC News.
In 2013-14, former President John Boehner and his allies stalled the Republican conflict between the ruler and the far-right by reconciling conservatives with the Benghazi Committee, which was investigating the assassination of the US ambassador to Libya. After Boehner stepped down as speaker, House Republicans of all factions supported Paul Ryan, who replaced Boehner. Then came the presidency of Donald Trump, who held the Republicans together as long as they held the majority. But now there is no committee of Benghazi, Paul Ryan or Donald Trump to rally the Republicans in the House of Representatives, and the vote has become a true political farce, the end of which is not yet in sight.
The situation is aggravated by the fact that the California Republican’s election is stubbornly blocked by a group of far-right party members, and the votes in his favor are falling, not growing. On Tuesday, when the 118th Congress met and voting for the Presidency began, McCarthy won 203 votes in the first round, 15 fewer than the required simple majority. He now he has three votes more less.