Republican Party Kevin McCarthy Finally this Saturday was chosen Speaker of the US House of Representatives After 15 votes, he convinced a sufficient number of Congressmen from his own party who refused to support him.
The Six rebel Republicans abstained McCarthy was elected Speaker of the House shortly after midnight 216 votesAfter four grueling days, this victory ends Saturday, ending the impasse in the US Congress.
Unlike the first thirteen votes like the previous ones, Radical Republicans did not present alternative candidates McCarthy, measured in the room with the Democratic leader in this last round, Hakeem JeffreysIt received 212 votes As in previous rounds.
This last round took place after the last round they lived Tense moments between McCarthy and ultra-conservative Matt GatesAssociate of the former President Donald TrumpA California legislator frustrated in his election by deciding to abstain when he came close to winning by one vote.
According to the newspaper The New York Times, TrumpHe urged his supporters to support McCarthy this week, reportedly calling Getz after seeing the Republican nominee’s election in jeopardy.
The McCarthy’s nomination A difficult and confusing week ends Capital to us It started for the first time last Tuesday A hundred yearsThe Speaker of the House of Representativess was not elected on the first ballot because he held Opponents within his own party.
Those opponents a Twenty far-right CongressmenMany of them are loyal to Trump and ultraconservative members Freedom Caucus CommitteeThose who do not give up until this Friday.
In the 12th and 13th votes held Friday morning, some of them began to support McCarthy, cheered by other congressmen at every step taken to defuse the situation.
And without the Leader of the Lower House 118 Congress Could not start its operations. The only way to elect him is to keep voting until one candidate achieves a majority, which happened at the weekend gates.
to gain the support of the rebels Freedom CaucusA group formed in 2015 by the most radical Republicans — many of whom are lapsed members Tea party-, McCarthy had to make some concessionsIt is not disclosed.
Private treaties related to a series of demands made by rebel republicans Motion of no confidence against the SpeakerMany leaders in the rules group, this is guaranteed Voting on boundary issuesIn many of the subcommittees there is communication between the chairman and the nominating committee, which is one of the most powerful in the room.
After McCarthy’s election, all congressmen would be sworn in and a new legislature would begin, lasting two years.
The Speaker of the House of RepresentativesCalled the “Speaker” in English, is an important political figure whose functions include setting much of the legislative calendar, deciding which bills are voted on and when.
It will also be the third power of the country, after the President of the United States. Joe Bidenand Vice President, Kamala Harriswho is also President of the Senate, second in line of succession.
After 15 votes, this unusual event in American democracy was closed. Well, the last time more than one vote was needed to elect a “Speaker” was in 1923.
At that time the President of the Chamber was elected at the ninth poll, five fewer than had been held on this occasion, but a far cry from the sixty that had been done in 1869.
(with information from EFE)
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