House Marks January 6th Anniversary And Again Tries To Elect A New Speaker – Deadline
The House of Representatives started its fourth day of voting for a speaker, amid an impasse between Kevin McCarthy and dissident conservatives that has stalled congressional business.
Before members embarked on a 12th vote for speaker, there was a ceremony on the steps of the Capitol to mark the second anniversary of the January 6th attack. House Minority Hakeem Jeffries and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave brief remarks at the ceremony, followed by family members of those who died as a result of the siege.
In the chamber, House chaplain Margaret G. Kibben devoted her opening prayer to the “memory of inconceivable unrest,” while Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA), while nominating McCarthy, paid tribute to the Capitol Police, drawing a standing ovation in the chamber, and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), also commemorated the anniversary in his remarks nominating Jeffries.
It was two years ago that many of the members in the room, along with journalists and staff, were rushed from the chamber after rioters broke through barricades and a group attempted to break through entrances to the House floor.
McCarthy and his allies have been engaged in talks with some of the dissidents, including Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), but it was unclear whether the apparent progress translate into holdouts switching their votes.
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