: McCarthy edges closer to securing speaker’s gavel as House tees up another ballot

by | Jan 6, 2023 | Stock Market

Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy picked up some support Friday in recent rounds of voting for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, though it wasn’t sufficient to give him the job so another ballot was expected. The House has voted to adjourn, and it’s slated to reconvene at 10 p.m. Eastern.

McCarthy has been facing opposition from a group of GOP lawmakers, with 20 voting repeatedly for other candidates earlier this week. But in a 12th ballot on Friday, 13 of those Republicans flipped their votes to the California congressman. In addition, GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana switched from voting “present,” as she has done in recent ballots, to supporting McCarthy. Then in the 13th ballot, another Republican flipped to McCarthy, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, meaning his number of GOP opponents had dropped to six. To win the speakership, McCarthy likely can only absorb four defections, given his party’s 222-212 majority in the House, with attendance for votes also a factor. Ahead of Friday’s voting, there were signs of a deal that could help McCarthy take the gavel. One of McCarthy’s critics, GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, tweeted that he had switched to supporting the top Republican due to that deal. “The framework for an agreement is in place, so in a good-faith effort, I voted to restore the People’s House by voting for @gopleader McCarthy,” Perry said. See: Kevin McCarthy’s speaker deal to win over holdouts would ‘neuter’ him, and could mean more government shutdowns Overall, McCarthy netted 214 votes in the 13th ballot, his highest total to date. “We made some very good progress,” he said on Friday afternoon. “We’ll come back tonight. I believe at that time we’ll have the votes …

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