The House of Representatives has adjourned after a third day without selecting a Republican Speaker. After 11 rounds of ballots, Representative Kevin McCarthy has failed to secure the necessary 218 votes to be elected as Speaker of the House.
However, McCarthy and many of the GOP members who oppose his speakership have come to a tentative deal that meets “basically all” of the demands made by the House Freedom Caucus (HFC) reports Fox News.
The agreements could secure the speakership for McCarthy in the near future, but because some Republican members are expected to be absent on Friday, the deals and finalizing votes to elect the Speaker could be put off until next week.
Representative-elect Michael McCaul of Texas said Thursday he thinks only about half of the 20 Republicans will be swayed by the deal. However, “several GOP and Democratic lawmakers told Fox News” that meeting “basically all” of the demands “could get McCarthy to the 218 votes he needs in the near future.”
Fox News reports:
Under the agreement that’s still under review, McCarthy has agreed to give HFC members a stronger presence on key House committees, impose new controls on spending, and allowing a single member of the House to make a motion to remove the speaker, lawmakers said. That last item was one on which McCarthy initially offered a five-member minimum to “vacate the chair.”
The deal also includes a requirement that legislation must be introduced for 72 hours before it can be passed and a guaranteed vote on term limits, according to Rep.-elect Ralph Norman of South Carolina.
Lawmakers said they believe these changes could get McCarthy exactly 218 votes at some point, after a few remaining issues are settled with a handful of members. That implies that McCarthy’s side expects four GOP lawmakers to remain opposed to him, but he can lose that many and still win the speaker’s gavel if all others support him.
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