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House stalemate still holds back choice of a new speaker


Last updated 1/5/2023 at 11:36am

AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., second row from front second from right, arrives to the House chamber today in Washington as the House meets for the third day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress.

Lisa Mascaro

and Farnoush Amiri

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Pressure mounting, the House opened with the prime speaker's chair empty for a third day today, as Republican leader Kevin McCarthy failed repeatedly to win enough votes from his party to become House speaker.

McCarthy emerged from a morning meeting with colleagues at the Capitol determined to persuade Republican holdouts to end the stalemate that has blighted his new GOP majority.

But despite endless talks, signs of concessions and a public spectacle unlike any other in recent political memory, the path ahead remained highly...

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