It took four days and 14 losses before the former President Trump called. After chaotic exchanges on House floor between Kevin McCarthy, the GOP leader, and Kevin McCarthy, the House finally got enough votes to elect Kevin McCarthy as Speaker.
McCarthy didn’t get the job without making concessions. Eventually, the last holdout votes of the session came down to six members of McCarthy’s own party; Reps. Andy Biggs and Eli Crane of Arizona; Lauren Boebert of Colorado; Matt Gaetz of Florida; Bob Good of Virginia; and Matt Rosendale of Montana.
After the 13th round, McCarthy told reporters he was confident he’d have enough votes in round 14. At the last minute, Rep. Matt Gaetz threw a monkey wrench into McCarthy’s statement by voting present, which pushed the ordeal into a 15th vote.
Further chaos ensued when GOP Rep. Mike Rogers lunged at Gaetz. Rogers was eventually restrained by Richard Hudson, his colleague.
McCarthy was elected to the role of president after the fifteenth round of voting.
McCarthy made the following concessions in order to arrive at this point:
- <p dir=”ltr” role=”presentation”>Any single member can call for a motion to vacate the speaker’s chair. </p>
- <p dir=”ltr” role=”presentation”>Congress must be given 72 hours to review a bill before it can be brought to the floor.</p>
- <p dir=”ltr” role=”presentation”>The House will vote on key conservative bills.</p>
- <p dir=”ltr” role=”presentation”>Create a committee to investigate the “weaponization” of the federal government.</p>
- <p dir=”ltr” role=”presentation”>Raising the debt ceiling must be coupled with spending cuts.</p>
“That was easy, huh?” McCarthy joked. “”I never imagined we would get here,” I thought.