The US House of Representatives has adjourned for the 11th time after failing to vote for a new speaker.
Republican Party Leader Kevin McCarthy has failed in every round to get the 218 votes needed to win, and the House will now hold a 12th round of voting at noon on Friday.
The loss means the race is now tied for the fifth-longest speaker election process in history – an election that took place more than 200 years ago in 1821.
Republicans took control of the House after the midterms, where they held a slim 222-212 majority.
However, the deadlock in voting for a new speaker has exposed rifts within the party in what is usually a routine vote at the start of a legislative session.
At least 200 Republicans supported Mr. McCarthy in every vote this week, and although less than 10 percent of Republican lawmakers voted against him, it was enough to deny him the 218 that Nancy would have. are needed to succeed Pelosi as speaker.
Mr McCarthy has been unable to get the support he needs to be elected Speaker because of a group of 20 hard-liners who continue to refuse to support him.
He sat in the House for eight hours to get the result.
Thursday’s session lasted eight nonstop hours, including a speech by GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida that named former President Donald Trump, who is no longer a member of the House, as a party-wide leader. The division was symbolic but symbolic.
Mr. McCarthy has served as the top House Republican since 2019 and led his party’s successful bid to win control of the chamber in the 2022 midterm elections.
He won the support of Mr. Trump, but is under increasing pressure from Republicans and Democrats to win votes so the House can resume.
The key question won’t shake McCarthy
To win support, Mr. McCarthy has already agreed to many of his opponents’ demands, but he has resisted implementing one key demand, which is to restore a rule that would allow a single lawmaker to will be allowed to move the motion to vacate the seat.
It would essentially allow a lawmaker to ask for a House vote to impeach the speaker.
Among Mr McCarthy’s prominent opponents is Scott Perry, the chair of the House Freedom Caucus – the far-right ideological group in the House and home to almost all of his opponents.
With his party’s slim majority, Mr. McCarthy can’t afford to lose the support of more than four Republicans as Democrats rally around their own candidate, Hakeem Jeffries.
The House, which is half of Congress, is essentially deadlocked, unable to begin a new session, swear in elected members and conduct official business.
The Speaker of the U.S. House holds the office of usually setting the chamber’s agenda and is second in office to the presidency, after Vice President Kamala Harris.
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