House adjourns without speaker after Kevin McCarthy loses sixth vote

January 05, 2023

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sits in the House Chamber during the third round of votes for House Speaker on the opening day of the 118th Congress on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC. "I don't think a vote tonight does any different, but a vote in the future will," McCarthy said. The lack of a speaker left the House in disarray, largely due to the fact that rank-and-file members can't be sworn into office until a speaker is elected. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., renominated Donalds in the fifth round of voting before asking McCarthy to withdraw his name. The president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy that 'Sir, you do not have the votes and it's time to withdraw.'"