House speaker update: McCarthy thanks Trump for the final votes as the battle nearly breaks out on the floor

Trump phones, near-fights and 15 votes: Key moments from a chaotic House election

Kevin McCarthy was finally elected Speaker of the House of Representatives after 15 rounds of voting, capturing him shortly after midnight on Saturday.

The longest race for the House of Representatives in more than a century finally ended when six remaining Republican holdouts chose to vote “present,” giving McCarthy a majority over Democrat Hakeem Jeffries.

Earlier, Republican House member Mike Rogers had to be physically restrained after lashing out at Matt Gaetz amid chaotic scenes in the House.

Congressman Richard Hudson grabbed Rogers in the face and physically pulled him away.

In his first speech as speaker, McCarthy thanked former President Donald Trump for “helping get the final votes.”

McCarthy’s bid had been delayed by a group of far-right Republicans, including Lauren Boebert and Gaetz.

However, on Friday he made significant progress in the 12th ballot, managing to turn a total of 14 elected representatives in his favor after lengthy negotiations.

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AOC says GOP chaos shows how reasonable progressives are

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has told The independent that Republicans’ chaotic efforts to select a speaker for the new Congress serve to highlight how grounded and reasonable she and other members of the so-called “Squad” of progressive Democrats have been.

Read more about what she had to say:

Bevan Hurley8 January 2023 at 07.30

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Kevin McCarthy thanks Trump for ‘helping get the last few votes’

New House Speaker Kevin McCarthy credited the former president’s 11th-hour lobbying for helping him secure the gavel in a speech delivered early Saturday morning.

Bevan HurleyJanuary 8, 2023 06:30

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See: Key moments from a chaotic representative election

Trump phone calls, near misses and 15 votes, here are the key moments from a chaotic general election.

Confrontations and near-fights: Key moments from a chaotic representative election

From confrontations and anger to lawmakers being restrained, here are the highlights from the night a new president of the US House was elected. Kevin McCarthy was named Speaker of the House of Representatives last night after 15 rounds of voting in four days. The night saw Mr McCarthy confront Matt Gaetz for withholding his vote in the 14th round before later changing his mind in a dramatic turn of events – cementing him as Nancy Pelosi’s successor. Rep. Richard Hudson was filmed holding back Alabama’s Mike Rogers as he confronted Gaetz. The role is second in line to the US president, after the vice president, and marks the position as one of the most powerful jobs in American politics. Click here to register for our newsletters.

Bevan HurleyJanuary 8, 2023 05:30

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Matt Gaetz reveals why he reversed the House vote

Matt Gaetz said he finally agreed to vote “present” after Kevin McCarthy agreed to all of his demands.

“I ran out of things I could think of to ask for,” Gaetz told CNN reporter Melanie Zanona after Friday night’s dramatic vote.

After previously vowing never to vote for McCarthy, Gaetz was one of six holdout Republicans who changed their vote to present Friday night.

Bevan Hurley8 January 2023 04:30

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The Republican held back in confrontation with Matt Gaetz during the speaker vote

Republican House member Mike Rogers had to be physically restrained after hurling a jab at Gaetz amid chaotic scenes on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Richard Hudson of North Carolina grabbed Rogers from behind around the face and shoulder and pulled the enraged congressman from Alabama away.

Bevan HurleyJanuary 8, 2023 03:30

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Marjorie Taylor Greene boasts of ‘perfect phone call’ from Donald Trump

Representative-elect Marjorie Taylor Green boasted of “the perfect phone call” from former President Donald Trump shortly before Kevin McCarthy was elected speaker of the US House of Representatives early Saturday.

The GOP member-elect from Georgia shared a photo of herself holding out her smartphone to colleague Matt Rosendale, with “DT” flashing on the screen, likely referring to the former president.

He could be seen holding out his hand and waving it away, as Ms Greene attempts to hand the phone to him.

Bevan HurleyJanuary 8, 2023 02:30

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Kevin McCarthy’s concessions to far-right Republicans risk jeopardizing the global economy

House Republican Kevin McCarthy’s numerous concessions to the most right-wing members of his conference risk setting the House and Congress up for a series of crises over the next two years.

At the top of the list is the US debt ceiling, which far-right lawmakers can hold hostage to extract political concessions and spending cuts, while threatening the full faith and credit of the US and global economy.

Mr. McCarthy and the Republican leadership released their proposed rulemaking package Friday night ahead of another round of votes to select a House speaker. This came after 14 Republicans who had previously voted against McCarthy reversed their votes to support him on the 13th ballot.

Bevan HurleyJanuary 8, 2023 01:30

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Speaker McCarthy: A Weakened Leader or Courageous Survivor?

“Republican Kevin McCarthy is the new speaker of the House of Representatives, but as bruising as it was for him to grab the gavel in a history-making election, it may be even harder for the embattled leader to do much with the powerful position — or to even keep it,” writes Lisa Mascaro for The Associated Press.

“Like the last two Republican speakers, John Boehner and Paul Ryan, McCarthy is taking the helm of an uneasy, rebellious majority split much like the party itself, between what’s left of Grand Old Party conservatives and a new generation of tea party-to- Donald Trump hardliners prefer almost no big government at all.”

Bevan Hurley8 January 2023 at 00:30

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Asks C-SPAN to be given more freedom in the House after wild speaker election scenes

Just after midnight on Saturday, Kevin McCarthy was finally elected to represent the House by his Republican colleagues, after an astonishing 14 previous unsuccessful rounds of voting. The incident didn’t just shine a spotlight on the division and dysfunction in the GOP.

It also highlighted, after many extended, dramatic voices, how rare it is for the public to actually see the work of Congress live, inspiring calls to give C-SPAN more control over its cameras inside the House.

As the House struggled to resume normal business, cameras from C-SPAN, the nonprofit public affairs network backed by major cable companies, captured all kinds of remarkable scenes.

Bevan Hurley7 January 2023 at 11.30 p.m

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Joe Biden congratulates McCarthy

President Biden issued a statement congratulating Kevin McCarthy after his election as a Representative in the House of Representatives.

The statement read: “Jill and I congratulate Kevin McCarthy on his election as Speaker of the House. As I said after the midterms, I am prepared to work with Republicans when I can, and the voters made it clear that they expect Republicans to be prepared to work with me as well.

“Now that the leadership of the House of Representatives has been determined, it is time for the process to begin.”

Kevin McCarthy accepted the speaker’s club on Friday night

(Associated Press)

Bevan Hurley7 January 2023 at 10.30 p.m

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