Speaker Election Gridlock Delays Swearing In Of New Members

UNITED STATES - MAY 11: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks during the House Republicans news conference in the Capitol to discuss defunding the Homeland Security Departments Disinformation Governance Board on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • New members of the House of Representatives were not sworn in on the first day of the 118th Congress after lawmakers failed to elect a speaker, delaying any action until at least Wednesday afternoon.
  • The House voted to adjourn until noon the following day. Many new members brought their family and friends to the House floor to witness the swearing-in, but after multiple rounds of votes, it started to become clear that was not going to happen on Tuesday.
  • “It is a bummer not having been sworn in. Obviously, my family is all here. At the end of the day, I’m sitting in the House of Representatives, I have on my pin, you know — this is the process,” said Rep.-elect Maxwell Frost (D-FL)

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