U.S. House fails to elect speaker for third day in “longest contest in 164 years”


YEREVAN, JANUARY 6, ARTSAKHPRESS. The U.S. House has adjourned for the third day without electing a new speaker after Kevin McCarthy continued to suffer a string of defeats in multiple rounds of voting on Thursday.

GOP leader Kevin McCarthy lost an 11th vote and it has now become the longest speaker contest in 164 years, according to CNN.

Even after proposing major concessions to his hardline conservative opponents late Wednesday, the California Republican has still not yet been able to lock in the 218 votes he needs to win the gavel.

McCarthy said after the House’s adjournment Thursday that progress had been made in negotiations but he would not put a “timeline” on when he could get to 218 votes. “So if this takes a little longer and it doesn’t meet your deadline, that’s OK,” he told reporters.

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