Embattled McCarthy Gives In To Demands From Angry Republicans

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reacts as Representatives cast their votes for Speaker of the House on the first day of the 118th Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 03, 2023 in Washington, DC. Today members of the 118th Congress will be sworn-in and the House of Representatives will elect a new Speaker of the House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Rep.-elect Kevin McCarthy gave in to demands by a contingent of hardline conservative Republicans blocking his bid to become House speaker as the chamber prepares for a third day of voting, according to multiple reports.
  • But McCarthy’s acquiescence is also turning out to be controversial, with some Republicans saying the changes will empower individual lawmakers — while others fear they will hinder the GOP’s ability to govern and render their narrow majority toothless.
  • The California Republican, who has already lost six speaker votes over the last two days, agreed to the compromises during negotiations late Wednesday after the House adjourned to block a seventh ballot.

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