Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert also told the House, “Even if my favorite President calls us and tells us we need to end this — I think it actually needs to be reversed.” The President needs to tell Kevin McCarthy, sir, you don’t have the votes and it’s time to retire.”
US President Joe Biden, meanwhile, described the leadership struggle as “not a good sight” and told reporters at the White House, “This is the United States of America and I hope they get their case together.”
The drama surrounding the Speaker’s job underscores what would already be two difficult years in Washington after the midterm elections ushered in a new era of divided government, in which Democrats held the Senate while Republicans retook the House of Representatives.
But the Republicans’ weaker-than-expected performance left McCarthy dependent on the support of a small group of hardliners within his party who want more control over leadership and more influence on committees and politics.
House Rules require members to continue voting one at a time until someone reaches the required 218 vote threshold. Until a speaker is elected, members cannot be sworn in, House committees cannot be formed, investigations cannot be started, and Republicans cannot use their majority to hold the Biden administration to account on issues such as border security, crime, or the economy.
McCarthy has spent weeks trying to woo his critics by offering a range of concessions, from removing metal detectors around Capitol Hill to promising new committees to changing the House of Representatives to make it easier to remove a speaker. However, he and his allies maintain that the rebels continue to move the goalposts for their personal gain.
Others, like Arizona Republican Andy Biggs — who has named himself speaker — are simply part of a “never-Kevin” faction that won’t be swayed.
“Kevin is now 0-4,” Biggs tweeted after the fourth ballot. “His opposition has grown in just two days. It’s time he hung up the cleats and let the house move forward without him at the top. land > ego.”
Ahead of this afternoon’s vote, McCarthy and his allies initially considered moving to adjourn the House of Representatives to give them time to negotiate, but decided to push ballots forward after it wasn’t clear they would even have the numbers to adjourn .
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https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/kevin-mccarthy-loses-fourth-round-of-voting-for-speaker-role-congress-paralysed-20230105-p5cag5.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world Kevin McCarthy loses more rounds of voting