McCarthy Falters In Quest To Become Speaker

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

  • Votes will continue for however many days it takes until a speaker is elected.
  • Until then, House members cannot be sworn in, holding up any legislative business and committee assignments in the 118th Congress, per Axios.
  • Though McCarthy remains defiant in his quest to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as speaker, one of his most high profile backers, former President Donald Trump, refused to say during a Tuesday evening interview whether he still supports McCarthy’s faltering bid.

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