UPDATE: The U.S House late Wednesday afternoon adjourned until 8:00 p.m. after Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., failed on a sixth ballot to secure the House speaker’s position, as resistance to the swamp’s status quo leadership continued to hold.
🚨BREAKING: In the Sixth Vote for House Speaker, There have been over 5 Republican defections, meaning that Kevin McCarthy, again, does not have the votes needed to become Speaker.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 4, 2023
“We’re fighting to restore sanity to Congress and break the grip of the uniparty cartel,” tweeted Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C. “I don’t do pay-to-play politics – the American people are tired of losing, and I’m fighting for them.”
Wednesday’s rounds of voting were even more brutal for McCarthy, who ended with only 201 votes, out of 218 needed, after Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., switched to “Present.”
Roy called yesterday’s GOP conference meeting a “clown show,” but said conference members are “trying to repair that damage today, and progress has been made.”
One possibility for a part forward could be a reported planned meeting between four GOP members each from each anti- or pro-McCarthy faction to negotiate an acceptable deal for speaker, CNN reported.
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(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) A faction growing upwards of 20 House Republicans continued their stand Wednesday against electing Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as speaker, calling for a change in leadership that has led to a broken and corrupt system that works against the interests of the country.
That was reflected, likely unintentionally, by President Joe Biden, who took a swipe at Republicans for the speaker’s battle, before flying off to join fellow senior swamp dweller Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to celebrate the massive $1.7-trillion omnibus spending spree that Congress rammed through with less then two days review.
“I just think it’s really embarrassing it’s taking so long,” Biden said, according to the Associated Press.
Republican rebels disagreed with both the bloated omnibus packed with partisan pork, and also Biden’s assessment of the speaker’s spat.
“Today we have another opportunity to break up the DC Cartel and Uniparty,” Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Arizona, tweeted Wednesday morning before the House convened. “Let’s do it.”
This isn’t “chaos,” this is a REPUBLIC.
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 3, 2023
“The pundits, politicians, authors who constantly talk about the American Revolution, about the framers versus King George, about ‘we need to go back to 1776,’ are now outraged that a small group of people decided to take a stand against an abusive and bad established authority,” tweeted Chronicles associate editor Pedro Gonzalez.
Firebrand MAGA star Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., took to the House floor Wednesday and implored former President Donald Trump to reconsider his continued backing of McCarthy. Boebert said that Trump had called several Republican House members, telling them to “knock this off” and vote for McCarthy.
“I think that actually needs to be reversed. The president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that, sir, you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,” Boebert said.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who is helping to lead the rebel faction of largely House Freedom Caucus members, echoed that sentiment in an interview with Fox News.
“Sad!” Gaetz said in response to Trump’s continued McCarthy backing. “This changes neither my view of McCarthy, nor Trump, nor my vote.”
Breaking: @GOPLeader McCarthy lost the fifth ballot for Speaker of the House.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 4, 2023
Given that McCarthy's team has already said there'd be retribution for anyone opposed to McCarthy, there's now no incentive to vote for him. He should drop out for the good of the House, the GOP, and the country.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) January 3, 2023