As the third voting day approaches, Kevin McCarthy offers further concessions to the opposition
It is uncertain whether the US House of Representatives is any closer to electing a Speaker as a third vote day approaches on Thursday. Will recent compromises that surfaced overnight end the impasse?
Republicans gained control of the House in the midterm elections, but Kevin McCarthy, the party's House minority leader for the past four years, is blocked from taking the gavel by 20 other Republicans who aren't moving.
One of those so-called "Never Kevins," Matt Gaetz, branded Mr. McCarthy a "desperate guy" and said his only request was for him to withdraw from the race.
Mr McCarthy, for his part, pushed for the House to adjourn until Thursday, guaranteeing a third day of voting.
If Mr. McCarthy is unsuccessful, Don Bacon, a moderate Republican from Nebraska, has previously stated that he would be open to negotiating with Democrats to elect a compromise speaker. Former Republican congressman from Michigan and moderate Fred Upton has said he's open to running as a coalition candidate (there is no requirement that a speaker has to be a current member of Congress). Additionally, there has been some discussion of Democratic-friendly amendments to the rules, such as giving committees more authority or allowing Democrats to initiate legislation.
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