Suspended Animation: 20 Republicans Continue To Buck McCarthy Speakership; House Adjourned For Now

January 3, 2023   |   Tags:

On Tuesday, nearly 20 Republicans in the House of Representatives abstained from voting for GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California to be speaker, preventing the office from being filled after the first vote. As the Democrats voted unanimously in favor of Hakeem Jeffries of New York, 19 Republicans cast ballots for other candidates to succeed McCarthy as House speaker, taking away crucial votes from him. For the first time in a century, neither McCarthy nor Jeffries received the majority vote to become speaker as a result of the split, which brought the House to a standstill and prevented any official