UPDATE: The House of Representatives adjourned until noon Wednesday.
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to secure the 217 votes needed to be the next Speaker of the House in the third round of votes Monday.
The anti-McCarthy Republicans picked up another vote from Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), bringing the total against McCarthy to 20.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) made a speech from the floor before nominating Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) again.
“People ask me, ‘what do you want?’ I want the tools, and I want the leadership to stop the Swamp from running over the average American every single day,” Roy explained.
WATCH THE CLIPS BELOW:
BREAKING: Chip Roy nominates Jim Jordan for House Speaker pic.twitter.com/TXY5hWEQ1u— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 3, 2023
“We’re not going to back down until we get in a room and we decide how we’ll be able to stand up and fight for the American people no matter who the speaker is.”— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) January 3, 2023
“I’m not blinking.” pic.twitter.com/BGY2RmucQ8
“The fact is, this place has to change, and the change comes by either adopting rules and procedures that will make us actually do our job, or it comes from leadership,” Roy said. “We’ve made progress but we do not have the tools to stop the swamp from rolling over people.”
Donalds explained his vote flip against McCarthy in a Twitter thread:
The reality is Rep. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t have the votes. I committed my support to him publicly and for two votes on the House Floor. 218 is the number, and currently, no one is there. Our conference needs to recess and huddle and find someone or work out the next steps but these continuous votes aren’t working for anyone. When the dust settles, we will have a Republican Speaker, now is the time for our conference to debate and come to a consensus. This will take time, Democracy is messy at times, but we will be ready to govern on behalf of the American people. Debate is healthy.
This is the first time in 100 years that a speaker was not secured in the first round of votes.