TO WATCH THE LIVE STREAM OF THE HOUSE VOTE CLICK HERE
At this time the House of Representatives has not been seated and is not in session, this after eleven votes where McCarthy did not get the needed to become Speaker of the House. Jeffries, Democratic Party house leader has been leading most votes ironically.
After barely taking back the lower chamber from the democrats in the midterm elections last November, Republicans are currently engaged in a bitter leadership battle. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who had long wanted the speakership, believed he would succeed, but in at least the initial rounds of speaker voting, he was unable to overcome opposition from his own party.
By Tuesday night, McCarthy had suffered three humiliating defeats, but he and his supporters pledged to fight on for more votes.
Former top White House assistant Cristóbal Alex used the nickname Republicans used to refer to Democrats when arguments broke out between moderates and progressives to write on Twitter, “The @GOP is in chaos.”
The American people and their families are not a priority for congressional Republicans, according to Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary. “They aim to emphasize political polarization,”
The White House did not publicly comment on what was happening on Capitol Hill. A senior administration source told Yahoo News, “The White House expects that the Republican conference will make this decision.” However, President Biden’s supporters view Tuesday’s turmoil — the first contentious speakership vote in a century — as confirmation of the claims he made during the autumn about what he called “MAGA radicals” and their purported reluctance to govern.
In a lecture on the condition of American democracy in September, Biden described these adamantly pro-Trump conservatives as a faction distinct from the mainstream Republican Party, saying that “they thrive on instability.”
Chaos was definitely present on Tuesday as McCarthy was unable to win the necessary number of votes to become speaker. McCarthy, who later apologized for his original criticism of Donald Trump during the tragic incident at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, now supports the president-elect. But even more ardent Trump supporters, like Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, are leading the opposition to his speakership. They intend to use the ensuing two years to launch a number of partisan investigations into the Biden family, particularly the president’s son Hunter, and Dr. Fauci.
To further emphasize the contract, the White House said on Sunday that Biden would visit Kentucky on Wednesday to give a speech about his infrastructure proposal, to which Congress committed $1.2 trillion in a 2021 vote that was supported by both parties. During the news conference on Tuesday, Jean-Pierre added, “He’s willing to work with Republicans who are willing to continue to deliver for the American people.”
In addition to Mike DeWine, the well-liked Republican governor of Ohio, Biden will be joined by McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, who once served alongside Joe Biden. Trump has widened the gap inside the Republican Party by launching vicious criticisms of both McConnell and his wife, notably in a letter sent on New Year’s Eve.
Tuesday’s turmoil was a warning flag for mainstream conservatives who want the Republican Party to thwart Biden’s program while enhancing its own chances in 2024.