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House GOP Majority Wins Its First Vote… To Adjourn Til Tomorrow

Talking Points Memo 1/5/2023 Emine Yücel
House Convenes For The 118th Congress On Capitol Hill © Los Angeles Times via Getty Imag House Convenes For The 118th Congress On Capitol Hill

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to win the gavel again after a sixth House speakership vote Wednesday evening. When the House reconvened at 8 p.m ET Republicans unified for the first time in two days and voted to adjourn until 12:00 p.m. ET Thursday.

The first Wednesday vote looked much like its Tuesday predecessors, with the emergent candidacy of Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) as a rallying point for the Never Kevins and a “present” vote from former McCarthy supporter Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) as the biggest points of intrigue.

The other Wednesday votes were even less remarkable: same candidates, same outcome.

McCarthy’s path forward seems seriously in doubt — as does the existence of a consensus candidate who could replace him.

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