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US House adjourns without electing a speaker
After failing to choose a speaker, the US House of Representatives adjourned that evening.
Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California was defeated earlier in the day on three ballots when a number of House Republicans cast a “no” vote.
Since the House members decided to adjourn until Wednesday noon, there will at least be a fourth vote. On Tuesday night, McCarthy is allegedly in negotiations with other Republicans.
Nearly two months had passed since the 2022 midterm elections, in which Republicans won back the House and Democrats kept control of the Senate.
Congress has historically been divided.
The US House speaker was not chosen on the first ballot for the first time in a century.
The House must keep voting until a speaker is chosen by a majority of members.
If no legislator abstains or casts a “present” vote, a candidate needs 218 votes to be elected speaker.
In the three rounds of voting for speaker, all House Democrats supported New York congressman Hakeem Jeffries to lead the Democratic minority.
It also came after the new, split Congress met on Tuesday at noon.
What we’re seeing in American politics today, according to Jemele Hill, a contributor to The Atlantic, “is just another harsh indictment of this defective political system,” she tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
US President Joe Biden, a former six-term senator from Delaware, “would not insert himself in that process,” according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
According to Jean-Pierre, “The president served as a U.S. senator for 34 years and is familiar with how this process operates.
Tuesday afternoon, US Vice President Kamala Harris administered the oath of office to 35 newly elected or reelected senators, marking the beginning of the Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow 51-49 advantage over Republicans.
Both Senate veterans Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Chuck Schumer of New York continue to serve as the majority and minority leaders of the body.
Public confidence in Congress is poor.
George Santos, a Republican congressman-elect from New York, age 34, is one of those who is awaiting oath-taking after the speaker vote.
Santos recently acknowledged fabricating his school background and professional biography, but he refused calls from both parties to resign.
“My transgressions here are enhancing my resume. Last Monday, the troubled Santos apologized while asserting that the scandal would not prevent him from “having good legislative results.”
Tulsi Gabbard, a former member of the US Congress and a contributor to Fox News, said, “Washington has developed a culture where it’s normal to lie to serve your personal interest.”
Gabbard continued, “But even when politicians do get exposed, people just shrug their shoulders and go on.” Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Americans don’t trust these politicians.
In the summer of 2022, a Gallup poll revealed that public confidence in the US Congress had fallen to an all-time low, with only 7% of Americans saying they had “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of faith in it.
According to a different survey done by Gallup in the wake of the midterm elections last year, 73 percent of American citizens still have a poor opinion of Congress.
In the coming two years, Biden’s legislative agenda is expected to be stalled by the divided Congress and the Republican-controlled House.
A number of probes of the Democratic administration have also been promised by senior House Republicans, which is likely to increase partisan strife on Capitol Hill.
Late last year, Biden declared that “our politics has gotten so furious, so ugly, and so divisive.” And far too frequently, we view one another as rivals rather than neighbors; as Democrats or Republicans rather than fellow citizens. We’ve split too much.
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