February 1, 2023

Republicans lose the eleventh election for Speaker of the House

the The Congresscontrols it Republican majority After the midterm elections, you are left without a president. Republican Party Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday (January 5, 2023) did not have enough support to be elected on 5 ballots.

The president is voted on since tuesday (3. Jan), when 3 rounds were held. On Wednesday (4.Jan), There were 3 more. The vote for the twelfth round will take place on Friday (January 6), at 2 pm (Brasilia time).

In the seventh round, McCarthy received 201 votes. His biggest challenger, Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, got 212 votes. Republican Byron Donalds got 19. A congressman voted for the former president Donald Trump Another abstained.

Republican Kevin Hearn is nominated to contest the House leadership in the eighth round. He got two votes. Donalds lost 2 and ended up with 17. McCarthy and Jeffries remained the same number of votes. Again, one member of Congress voted for Trump and another abstained.

In the ninth, Jeffries and Donald received 212 and 17 votes, respectively. McCarthy lost 1 vote and finished polling with 200, while Hearn had 1 vote and went 3. One MP abstained from voting.

In the tenth, Hearn received 7 votes. Donalds lost by 4. Jeffries and McCarthy kept the number of votes from the previous round.

In the eleventh, McCarthy, Jeffries, Donalds, and Hearn received 200, 212, 12, and 1 votes, respectively. One congressman voted for Trump and another abstained.

At the end of the eleventh round, it was proposed that the vote be postponed. Democrats vetoed and Representatives voted on the motion.

With 219 votes in favor, the selection of the new leadership of the House of Representatives will continue on Friday. And they were against the postponement 213 deputies. 2 others abstained.

United States law specifies that members have votes until someone reaches a majority to speaker the House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Casa Baixa was paralyzed and the elected members of the 118th Congress did not take office.

According to the legislation, 218 votes are needed for a new leader to win a dispute. It is possible to elect a president with fewer than 218 votes if not all the representatives are present or if some of them vote “free gift” (present, in free translation) which is equivalent to abstaining. Democrat Nancy Pelosi, for example, won by 215 votes.

This is the first time in 100 years that the US House of Representatives has needed more than one vote to decide who will be in charge. The last time was in 1923. At that time, 9 rounds were needed.