GOP’s McCarthy voted down time after time for House speaker

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrives at the Capitol as the House meets for a second day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Republicans plowed through the second day of the new Congress, with no clear off-ramp from their political chaos over electing leader Kevin McCarthy as the new speaker.

They said they would be back at it at 8 p.m. Wednesday night but gave up for the night instead amid a shouting, crowded vote to adjourn.

After lengthy closed-door meetings with conservative holdouts, McCarthy said more voting would not be productive though he also said his meetings with holdouts showed progress.

He failed anew to win the House speakership in three votes, faring no better than he had in the same number of votes on Tuesday when 20 of the chamber’s Republicans stayed opposed.

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