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House Speaker Vote Fails for Fifth Time

by Jacob Bliss

For the fifth time this week, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to confirm a speaker of the House, ultimately restricting the new class of lawmakers from being sworn in.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) could not secure a majority of the vote for the fifth time in two days to become the next speaker of the House.

Needing 18 votes, McCarthy only received 201 votes, while House Democrats unanimously backed Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for speaker with 212 votes. A small fraction of House Republicans gave 20 votes to Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), and one member voted present.

This means the House will move to a sixth ballot in order to find a speaker.

With the top spot in the House still vacant, members cannot be sworn in to officially start the 118th Congress, which would likely include investigations to hold the Joe Biden administration accountable.

On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump released a statement reaffirming his support for McCarthy’s bid for speaker.


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