Posted originally on the CTH on January 6, 2023 | Sundance
Day #4 of the House effort to elect a new speaker will continue today with no one asking why only 20 members want to change the rules. The rules are problematic for 20+ members who have refused to vote through eleven ballots for McCarthy, which begs the question. Why do 200 republicans accept giving McCarthy all the power to determine legislative business?
The House returns to session for what is expected to be McCarthy’s 12th attempt to win the gavel. According to Politico, “the GOP leader and his leadership team convened a conference call Friday morning to update members on the status of negotiations, hours after he appeared to gather some momentum late Thursday by hashing out specific concessions to hardline members of the GOP conference — offers that his allies were hopeful would move votes in his direction.
But enormous uncertainty lingered Friday morning, as members of the freedom Caucus had yet to commit their support to McCarthy and a handful of other holdouts continued to signal their opposition to him. Absences on the GOP side of the aisle could scramble things further, with McCarthy backer Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) predicting at least three during Friday’s likely balloting. WATCH: