The House is coming back in to resume voting for the speaker’s job. Or not. It’s not entirely clear right now if they are ready to keep voting or if Kevin McCarthy is done groveling to the maniacs. He gave in on one thing in the break they took this after: his Super PAC, the Congressional Leadership Fund has agreed to the Club for Growth’s demand that it stop getting involved in safe open-seat primaries. Meaning the next generation of Boeberts and Greenes will have an even easier path to Congress. CFG now says it will endorse McCarthy. You thought maybe it was about policy? Of course it’s not about policy.
There’s still plenty to be resolved, and it wasn’t clear up until press time whether or not votes will continue tonight. Four maniacs are still opposed so it’s a dicey proposition for McCarthy. Settle in and we’ll see what happens!
See you tomorrow!
Okay, lots of chaos as they let the voting drag out beyond the clock. But the final tally was 216-214 and they’re out until noon tomorrow.
Gosar (R-AZ) is the GOP no.
So far three of the R defectors–Breechen, Clyde and Bishop—vote with the rest to adjourn. So much for their convictions. Predictable. The Republican voting i slagging compared to the Dems. I suspect a few dozen are holding out to see what their colleagues do.They may vote yes just because the Democrats are voting no.
By the way, this is a simple majority vote.
Ok, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) moves to adjourn, they do a voice vote, and the nos are a lot louder. Clerk Cheryl Johnson did not rule on the voice vote before Democrats jumped in to demand a recorded vote. So that’s what’s happening now. It will tell us a lot about how much progress McCarthy has made. If the 20 defectors vote with Democrats, we’ll know it hasn’t worked so far.
No disrespect for the chaplain, but I don’t think these prayers are really working.
Democrats are whipping against adjourning tonight, if that’s what Rs try first.
So that CLF, CfG agreement hasn’t moved the needle yet. If he had the votes, he wouldn’t be saying that.
There are rumors that some Republicans are preparing to be there into the weekend. There are also rumors that they have one more vote tonight—which they’re already counting on McCarthy losing—and then adjourn for the night.
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