House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy lost the first round of votes for the House Speakership on Tuesday, exposing a deep split in Republican Party.
The Republican Party is a party with deep divisions, engulfed in swirling turmoil as exhibited today with Kevin McCarthy becoming the first person in one hundred years to not win house speaker in the first round of voting. I have been a Republican since 1980, with the first vote I ever cast being for Ronald Reagan, but I am a Maine coon kitten’s whisker away from switching to Independent. The Republican Party in 2022 stinks, talking to you Mitch McConnell, and it’s wound seems grievous and incurable.
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17 (KJB)
So you say to me, “Trump is the answer in 2024!”, and I will remind you that Trump never fired Fauci, never pardoned Julian Assange, never built The Wall, and never drained The Swamp. What exactly do you think Trump will do in 2024? Trump was ready to launch the military to vaccinate Americans, or have you forgotten that? No, the Republican Party, like the Democratic Party, are two wings on the same flesh-eating bird of prey, with their members there only to enrich themselves at our expense. Christian, the only way out is up, and while we wait for that, we need to be busy about the Lord’s Business. TO THE FIGHT!!!
Kevin McCarthy LOSES first ballot to become Speaker
UPDATED: House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy fell short in his bid for the Speakership for a second time on Tuesday with 203 votes, 15 votes shy of the 218 needed.
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Nineteen House Republicans backed someone other than McCarthy in the initial vote. It’s the first time in a century that a House Speaker was not elected on the initial round. It became apparent soon after the roll call vote began that McCarthy did not have the votes to outright win the gavel.
Audible gasps could be heard in the cavernous House chamber as more than a dozen Republican lawmakers stood in defiance to the California legislator’s bid.
Proceedings began with GOP Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik nominating McCarthy, as expected, and Democrats’ new No. 3 Pete Aguilar naming the 118th Congress’ new Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries. Then, far-right Rep. Paul Gosar stood to nominate GOP Rep. Andy Biggs – one of the original five Republican lawmakers to lead opposition to McCarthy. Over the course of the vote, however – done in alphabetical order – some members threw wild cards into the mix. Biggs got 10 of the rebel votes, while nine members voted for someone else.
GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert cast her vote for fellow GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, who himself voted for McCarthy and has said he does not want the job. Freshman Republican Rep. Josh Brecheen cast his vote for Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, last year’s Republican Study Committee chairman. Another conservative member, Rep. Andy Harris, voted for Lee Zeldin – who left Congress at the end of last year to unsuccessfully run for governor of New York.
Throwing yet another twist into McCarthy’s would-be ascent, conservative Rep. Chip Roy put his support behind pro-Donald Trump Republican Rep. Byron Donalds.
It had been reported earlier that conservatives would offer up Biggs as a spoiler to McCarthy to prevent him from reaching a majority threshold. Voting is done in rounds until a majority consensus is reached. READ MORE
Watch Live: Second House speakership vote underway after Kevin McCarthy loses first round
The House of Representatives is holding a second round of voting after GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy failed to win a majority of votes for Speaker of the House on Tuesday. McCarthy lost 19 Republican votes, falling far short of the 218 needed, and Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries also fell short of a majority, triggering a second round of voting for the first time in about 100 years.
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