Tick-Tock: House Adjourns For The Night After McCarthy Loses 6th Speaker Vote

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 12: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) talks to reporters after attending the swearing-in of  Rep. Brad Finstad (R-MN) at the U.S. Capitol on August 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. Finstad won a special election in Minnesota to replace former Rep. Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) who died in January of COVID-19. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “I don’t think a vote tonight will make a difference,” McCarthy told reporters Wednesday evening, “but a vote in the future will.”
  • Votes will continue for however many days it takes until a speaker is elected. House members cannot be sworn in until a speaker is chosen, holding up any legislative business and committee assignments in the 118th Congress.
  • The threshold for a nominee to win the speaker’s gavel is 218 votes, but that number decreases if members vote “present,” decline to vote, or are absent.

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