Kevin Mccarthy Wins: Kevin McCarthy is now the official House Speaker. After 15 historic rounds of voting and a dramatic series of events on the House floor late Friday night, the California Republican barely won.
The result also meant that elected representatives were finally sworn in as members of the 118th Congress, and the House could now get to work. McCarthy had been in tough talks for days with a small but essential group of far-right conservative lawmakers.
They made long demands for concessions that would make it easier to get rid of a speaker and weaken the power of the speaker’s office to set the legislative agenda and place committee members.
After McCarthy didn’t win the speakership in the 14th round of voting late Friday night, the House rejected a motion to leave until Monday and decided to keep voting in the 15th and final round. McCarthy won because Republicans Andy Biggs, Eli Crane, Bob Good from Arizona, and Bob Good from Virginia voted “present,” making it easier for the GOP leader to win.
“I Never Thought We’d Get Up Here”
“That was simple, right?” McCarthy made a joke when he got the gavel at 1 a.m. EST. He laughed and said, “I never thought we’d get up here.” McCarthy gave a speech in which he talked about how important it is to have checks and balances and hold the government responsible.
“It’s time for us to be a check on the president’s plans and give them some balance,” he said. “We promise to stop Washington from wasting money, lower the prices of food, gas, cars, and housing, and stop the national debt from increasing.”
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McCarthy also made fun of Hakeem Jeffries, backed by all Democrats: “I have to warn you—two years ago, I got 100% of the vote from my conference.” McCarthy also told Jeffries, “Our debates will be heated, but they won’t be about you.”
Minority Leader Jeffries, for his part, gave a passionate speech about the things the Democratic Party did well during the Biden administration, such as the American Rescue Plan and the Inflation Reduction Act.
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“This Congress was one of the most important in U.S. history. President Biden gets things done, and the “d” in Democrats stands for “deliver.” Jeffries also said, “Speaker Emerita Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi is iconic, heroic, and legendary.”
He said, “There’s no doubt in my mind that Speaker Emerita Pelosi will be remembered as the best speaker of all time.” “During her time in Congress, she was known as a legendary lawmaker, a great mediator, and a tough negotiator.”
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