GOP’s McCarthy pressured to ‘figure out’ speaker race

January 11, 2023

ADVERTISEMENTIn fact, McCarthy saw his support slipping to 201, as one fellow Republican switched to vote simply present. “I think people need to work a little more,” McCarthy said Wednesday as they prepared to adjourn for the night. Pelosi also said the Republicans’ “cavalier attitude in electing a Speaker is frivolous, disrespectful and unworthy of this institution. Democrats enthusiastically nominated and renominated their House leader, Hakeem Jeffries, on all six ballots for speaker over the first two days. It’s a strategy former House speakers, including Pelosi and Boehner, had used when they confronted opposition, winning with fewer than 218 votes.