The US House of Representatives remained in turmoil, with no speaker elected on Monday. House members voted in favor on Wednesday night.
House members voted Wednesday night to adjourn until noon on Thursday, prolonging the historic political stalemate that has crippled the lower house.
U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, failed to win enough votes three times earlier in the day due to party divisions.
Members of the House of Representatives voted three times on Tuesday on the opening day of the divided 118th Congress, but McCarthy failed to win the necessary votes to become the next speaker.
It is the first time that a Speaker of the House who maintains order, administers the proceedings and administers his affairs in the lower house has not been elected in the first round in 100 years.
The 435-seat House of Representatives will have to vote until the president is elected by majority vote.
Before that, members could not take the oath of office and committees could not be formed when the rest of the business came to a standstill.
US Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, a Democrat from Michigan, tweeted that infighting “is not only a disgrace to Republicans, it is bad for the whole country.”
US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, reacted to the political drama surrounding the House Speaker’s vote on Wednesday morning.
According to him, it’s embarrassing how long it takes.
“How do you think it is like the rest of the world?
“It’s not pretty.
It’s not a good thing,” Biden told reporters at the White House before departing for Hebron, Kentucky.
McCarthy has the support of most Republicans in the House of Representatives and former US President Donald Trump.
But some hardliners opposed his attempt to lead the conference, arguing that he was not conservative enough while refusing to decentralize power from the president.
The House of Representatives has elected the Speaker 127 times since 1789.
There are 14 presidential elections where multiple votes are required.
According to congressional historians, 13 of the 14 multi-vote elections took place before the Civil War, when divisions within the party became more ambiguous.
The last time a speaker election required two or more votes was in 1923. Harvard jurist Laurence Tribe tweeted Wednesday that the House, unlike the Senate, is not a permanent body.
“Every two years, it has to meet without full constitutional authority, like someone rebuilding a ship on the high seas.
“But when the journey is so difficult, it’s a sign of dysfunction,” says Tribe.
All Democrats voted for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Democrat of New York, for president.
Although Jeffries is unlikely to win the position, he will become the first African-American lawmaker to lead a party in both houses of the United States Congress.
Republicans toppled the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections while Democrats held a majority in the Senate.
The new Congress meets for the first time on Tuesday, with U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris presiding over the opening of the 100-person senate, in which Democrats control 51 seats to 49 for Republicans.
Chuck Schumer of New York and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are Majority Leader and Minority Leader in the Senate, respectively.