House of Representatives adjourns without a speaker as Kevin McCarthy fails six votes

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy failed to win the speakership in six rounds of voting

Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has failed to win the Speakership in six ballots (Image: Getty Images)

The House of Representatives adjourned on the second day of a century-long deadlock after the Republican Party leader missed the votes required for the speaker role for the sixth time.

With no resolution for the second straight day, the House adjourned for a few hours Wednesday afternoon. Lawmakers reconvened at 8 p.m. but quickly adjourned the session to Thursday noon.

The first adjournment came after Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to get the 217 votes he needed to win the speakership on the fourth, fifth and sixth ballots.

After the House adjourned for the night, McCarthy said he did not want another vote that day because lawmakers had failed to reach an agreement with his opposition. A group of 20 Republicans have come together to vote against McCarthy.

Clerks and lawmakers count the sixth round of votes for Speaker of the House in the US Capitol

Clerks and lawmakers count the sixth round of voting for Speaker of the House in the US Capitol (Image: EPA)

In all three ballots Wednesday, McCarthy received 201 votes, another Republican candidate, Byron Donalds, received 20 votes, and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries received 212 votes. There was a voice present.

On leaving the House of Representatives after the sixth vote, McCarthy said he would sit down and talk to his peers and that “we’re going to get 218[votes]we’re going to solve our problems and we’re all going to work together.”

“You see the number of votes. We have 90% of the vote,” McCarthy told CNN. “I’ve never seen a body where 10% controls the 90%. It just doesn’t happen.’

The House of Representatives adjourned late Tuesday afternoon on the opening day of the 118th Congress after McCarthy failed to secure the floor as speaker in three ballots.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (bottom right) speaks to members as voting for House Speaker continues on Wednesday

Rep. Matt Gaetz (bottom right) speaks to members as voting for House Speaker continues on Wednesday (Image: Shutterstock)

Some lawmakers warned that dragging out the standoff could result in McCarthy losing more votes.

Earlier Wednesday, McCarthy said he was not concerned if the group of GOP members opposing him was growing in the fourth ballot.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said at the time. “I have the most votes.”

McCarthy’s allies negotiated between votes with their peers in the House of Representatives to gain more support.

The Republicans are trying to overcome a deadlock with far-right members of their own party when choosing a new speaker

Republicans are trying to break an impasse with far-right members of their own party over picking a new speaker (Image: Getty Images)

Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the House of Representatives, former President Donald Trump publicly endorsed McCarthy on his Truth Social platform.

“We had some really good conversations last night and now it’s time for all members of our AMAZING Republican House to vote for Kevin, close the deal, and get the win,” Trump wrote.

“REPUBLICANS, DON’T MAKE A GREAT TRIUMPH INTO A HUGE & EMBARRASSING DEFEAT.”

The Republican-led House of Representatives found itself in a deepening crisis on Wednesday when it was forced to close shop for the second straight day after failing to elect a speaker

The Republican-led House of Representatives found itself in a deepening crisis on Wednesday when it was forced to close shop for the second straight day after failing to elect a speaker (Image: AFP).

But Trump’s nod brought no votes for McCarthy.

The House cannot conduct any of its business until a Speaker is elected.

In 1923, the last time the House of Representatives did not nominate a speaker for the first appeal, the vote was on nine ballots.

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