McCarthy Loses Fifth Ballot For House Speaker

USA Today reports:

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy lost a fifth bid to become House speaker as Republicans returned to the Capitol Wednesday to do what they couldn’t do Tuesday. The situation has left Congress paralyzed, since no member can be sworn in and no rules can be adopted until a speaker is chosen.

McCarthy is trying a new approach, asking some GOP members who oppose him to vote “present” rather than either endorsing him outright or backing someone else. That could allow him to secure a majority of those casting ballots. The plan is for members to vote again – and again – if necessary.

But if there’s no resolution, the voting could last for days, weeks or even months. Biden calls the situation embarrassing. The fighting is “not a good look,” he told reporters at the White House. Ultimately, though, the GOP drama isn’t his problem, he said.

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