Republicans now have a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and have failed to elect their new Speaker on Tuesday after three votes, adjourning until noon on Wednesday.
The vote headed to a second ballot for the first time since 1923 after 19 Republicans voted against McCarthy. McCarthy could not afford to lose more than four votes in order to hit the 218 vote threshold.
National Review reported, “Ahead of the vote on Tuesday, McCarthy signaled he was done negotiating with his detractors in an effort to win the speakership during a tense closed-door meeting, according to a new report.”
If no candidate wins a majority, the House must continue to hold votes until a candidate comes out victorious — a “scenario that has only played out 14 times in the chamber’s history, according to NBC News, with 13 of those instances having happened before the Civil War.”
House Republicans doubled down on their promises to oppose McCarthy’s bid after the meeting, with a handful of Republicans supporting Representative Jim Jordann of Ohio over McCarthy.
Before the second ballot, Jordan urged fellow Republicans that “we need to rally around” McCarthy. Those who received votes on the first ballot included Representatives Andy Biggs (R., Ariz.), Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), Byron Donalds (R., Fla.) and former Representative Lee Zeldin.
The defecting group of 19 lawmakers all voted for Jordan in the second round. Representative Donalds, who voted for McCarthy in the first two rounds, decided to vote for Jordan in the third round.
“The reality is Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t have the votes,” Donalds explained in a tweet about his decision to switch his vote.
“I committed my support to him publicly and for two votes on the House Floor. 218 is the number, and currently, no one is there. Our conference needs to recess and huddle and find someone or work out the next steps but these continuous votes aren’t working for anyone” he continued.
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Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”
Speaking on the “Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”
“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”
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