House speaker vote highlights: McCarthy elected speaker on 15th ballot after making concessions to far-right rebels


McCarthy thanks Trump, credits him with helping move final votes

McCarthy thanked Trump for his support in an impromptu news. Conference with reporters after the vote.

“I especially want to thank President Trump,” she said, adding. That she had spoken with Trump earlier in the evening. And that Trump had helped her move to the final vote. That got her to the finish line.

“What he’s saying, for the party, is that we have to come together,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy gets his sign above the office door

After going into office Tuesday, McCarthy. Was finally able to call it his own.

Jeffries formally becomes first Black leader of a political congressional caucus

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.. Gave formal notice on the floor that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was selected by. Democrats as minority leader — making him. The first black person to lead a political caucus in Congress.

Members have now been sworn in after days of limbo

After four days of waiting, the members of the Parliament took the oath. En masse on Saturday morning despite deadlock in the chamber over the speaker vote.

“I hope it was worth the wait,” McCarthy said later.

Among the new members: Jorge Santos, a 34-year-old New York. Republican who pleaded guilty to lying about part of his background. He has faced several investigations into his campaign amid calls for his resignation.

Omit, Santos doesn’t seem to have received a warm reception from his GOP colleagues. During many speaker votes, he is often seen sitting alone. Though on at least one occasion. He was photographed chatting with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga.

McCarthy sworn in

McCarthy sworn in as House Speaker.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy congratulates McCarthy

Ukrainian President Volodymyr. Zelensky praised McCarthy for being elected to the speakership. Adding that American help has been critical in his country’s fight against Russia.

Some Republicans have criticized U.S. military aid to Ukraine. Expressing concern that the GOP-controlled House could cut aid.

“We count on your continued. Support and further US help to bring. Our common victory closer,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.

McCarthy takes speaker gavel — at last

McCarthy finally ascended the stage. And gave an acceptance speech after taking the speaker’s hand.

“Our system is built on checks and balances. And it’s time for a check on our president’s policies,” McCarthy said.

He discussed borders, national hatred. China and “instilled passion in our schools.”

“We will use the power of purse. And the power of subpoena to get the job done,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy said the first House committee hearing will be held on the southern border.

How long did it take to elect a speaker? 24 hours and 12 minutes

According to an todaystrend News report, the drawn. -Out and contentious process to select McCarthy as House Speaker took 24 hours.

From Tuesday afternoon. When the House first convened to the early hours of Saturday morning. Whens the 15th round ended, the chamber spent 24 hours and 12 minutes in session trying to elect a speaker.

The longest day was Thursday, when the House took four votes spanning eight hours and six minutes.

During the process, each vote took. About an hour, as well as counting and reconfiguration time between votes.

The second longest voting day was Friday to Saturday, which took 6 hours and 17 minutes.

Jeffries thanks Democrats for ‘unanimous support

Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries gave a speech praising the Democrats’. Preemptive control of the House before presenting the gift to McCarthy.

Jeffries thanked Democrats for supporting the speaker in each successive vote. “This show of strength is not for any individual. It will be a show of strength for the 118th Congress,” Jeffries said. jabbing at Republicans for their divisiveness.

The late-night speech drew the ire of some Republicans, who began chanting “Kevin.”

Biden congratulates McCarthy, says he’s prepared to work with House GOP

President Joe Biden congratulated McCarthy on Saturday morning.

“As I said after the midterms, I’m ready to work with Republicans whenever I can. And voters have made it clear that they expect Republicans to be ready to work with me. That process begins. Time,” Biden said.

He added: “It’s time to govern and make sure we put the interests of the American family first.”

How McCarthy got the speaker votes — and why it could haunt him

After four days of gridlock and an embarrassing defeat not seen in a century. House Speaker-elect Kevin McCarthy forged a path to placate a group of rebels and secure jobs. Making promises that could haunt him.

McCarthy flipped 14 of his holdouts and convinced the rest to stand.  On the 15th ballot Saturday in a last-minute wrench. That derailed his best-laid plans on the previous ballot. In doing so, he has made a series of concessions. That weaken the power of his office and expand the influence of right. -Wing members of the House Republican conference. Which critics say could complicate the task of governing under a wafer-thin majority.

Rep. French Hill, R-Ark. And after meeting with a group of right-wing holdouts. Including representatives tapped by the now-speaker-elect. McCarthy and his allies realized they were on the verge of a breakthrough. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Chip Roy of Texas and Byron Donalds of Florida. The rebellion was led by members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus. Known for its raw power and high tolerance for chaos in forcing House GOP leaders to bend to their will.

McCarthy’s team presented a “framework” of House rule changes and other promises. That would meet the group — and persuade six to vote. “Present,” a crucial step that lowers the threshold and paves the way for him to succeed.

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