McCarthy offers new concessions as the oratory contest drags into day three

Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy has made new concessions to more than a dozen members of his party in a last-ditch effort to quell opposition and secure the votes he needs to be elected Speaker of the House.

The relegation comes as the House of Representatives prepares to reconvene for a third day without selecting a speaker. The lower house of Congress is constitutionally required to select a speaker and cannot proceed with legislation until someone is presented with the gavel.

McCarthy made history on Tuesday when he became the first majority leader in a century to fail in the first round of voting. In 1923 it took nine ballots to choose a speaker.

The House narrowly voted to extend an adjournment late Wednesday after six rounds of voting failed to produce a winner.

Twenty Republican rebels have so far rejected McCarthy, instead rallying around Byron Donalds, a Republican congressman from Florida. Some of the rebels have personal grievances with McCarthy, while others have called for rule changes that would make it easier to oust the speaker.

After months of negotiations, it appeared McCarthy had capitulated to these demands and agreed to change the rules so that only one member of the House of Representatives could pass a vote of no confidence. However, it remained unclear whether the changes would be enough to give McCarthy the 218 votes needed to win support from a simple majority in the chamber.

Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives in last November’s midterm elections. But McCarthy is in such a difficult position because the “red wave” he predicted has not materialized and Republicans control the chamber by a razor-thin margin, leaving him indebted to a small number of rebels. McCarthy offers new concessions as the oratory contest drags into day three

Adam Bradshaw

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