On Thursday, California Democrat Maxine Waters was observed yelling at Republican legislators on the House floor.
“This is my 9th vote for Hakeem Jefferies,” Waters said before turning and pointing to a group of Republicans flanking her. “Matt Rosendale, get it together.”
Republicans interrupted Waters’ address by shouting “Order!”
Before Waters’ remarks, Montana Republican Representative Matt Rosendale took direct aim at Waters.
“Last summer we began to negotiate, a group of us in good faith, a list of changes, amendments, to the rules of this body. Not to empower ourselves, not to bring personal benefit to ourselves, but to empower you and you and you, Maxine, and you, and you, and everyone sitting in this chamber equally,” Rosendale explained.
“There’s no rules, I did not use anyone’s name… Excuse me, Maxine.”
According to Fox News, “Rosendale is one of 20 Republicans who have voted against GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy for House speaker through 11 rounds of balloting over three days. With the GOP’s slim majority, McCarthy can only lose four members of his caucus. Republicans cannot pass a rules package, consider legislation, or begin oversight of the Biden administration until they agree on a speaker. Democrats have voted in lockstep for Rep.-elect Hakeem Jefferies, D-N.Y., to be the next House speaker. The House voted to adjourn until noon on Friday.”
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Wednesday, during a fight over House Leader Kevin McCarthy’s quest for Speaker, Representative Chip Roy of Texas made an unprecedented move on the House floor. After five votes, McCarthy was unable to obtain a majority, which is an oddity.
“Roy, during a floor speech, offered Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), as a candidate for speaker, though Donalds was just reelected to his second term in November. But that’s not what made the nomination historic. As Roy pointed out, it was “the first time in history, there have been two black Americans placed into the nomination for speaker of the House,” noting that Democrats had nominated the leader of their party, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.,” Conservative Brief reported.
The Texas Republican went on to clarify, however, that his nomination wasn’t about the Donalds’ skin color but rather about injecting new blood in GOP leadership after the party underwhelmed during the midterm elections when most political analysts — even many Democrats — were expecting a “red wave.”
“We do not seek to judge people by the color of their skin, but rather the content of their character,” Roy said. “But there’s an important reason for nominating Byron, and that is this country needs a change. This country needs leadership that does not reflect this city, this town, that is badly broken.”
Initially, the 20 conservative Republicans nominated Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, but he turned down the nomination and has publicly supported McCarthy for the position.
But after five ballots — three on Monday and another two on Tuesday — McCarthy has yet to secure the speakership, which has led to no small amount of criticism from within the party’s ranks.
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