The House adjourns, still without a speaker

Published January 4, 2023 at 10:15 AM EST
Kevin McCarthy listens in the House chamber during the second day of elections for speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens in the House chamber during the second day of elections for speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The House has adjourned until Thursday at noon ET after six failed attempts to elect a leader of the chamber.

Here's what's happening: A group of Republicans are steadfast in their opposition to Rep. Kevin McCarthy's bid for speaker. On Wednesday they rallied around Florida Rep. Byron Donalds instead.

What Democrats are doing: Democrats just handed control of the House to Republicans. Now they're watching the chaos with popcorn in hand. But they're also standing behind their own historic leader, Hakeem Jeffries.

How we got here: McCarthy has wanted to be speaker — badly — for years, and seemed willing to do a lot of things to get the job.

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Boebert nominates Byron Donalds — and urges McCarthy to withdraw

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Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado stood up to nominate her colleague, Rep. Byron Donalds, for a second time, saying he was the leader who could unite a fractured Republican Party.

"Our job is not to keep on going along to get along. It's to use our votes to elect a speaker who will get the country back on chance," she said. "Let's work together. Let's stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us."

Boebert said former President Trump had called those in the defecting faction personally to try to convince them to vote for McCarthy.

"I actually think it needs to be reversed," she said. "I think the president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy: You do not have the votes and it's time to withdraw."

And with that, a fifth vote for speaker of the House is underway. Stand by for updates.