McCarthy Finally Elected Speaker in 15th Vote After Bowing to Far Right Fringe

After nearly a week of chaotic voting on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Kevin McCarthy of California was elected Speaker of the House of the 118th Congress just after midnight early Saturday morning after finally securing enough votes in the 15th ballot. The final tally was 216 votes for McCarthy and 212 votes for Democrat Hakeem Jeffries of New York, after 6 far-right… Source Source / Read More: McCarthy Finally Elected Speaker in 15th Vote After Bowing to Far Right Fringe

Democratic Congresswoman Mary Peltola Open to Coalition Candidate for Speaker

As the impasse over choosing a speaker of the House of Representatives continues for a fourth day, Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) has expressed an openness to supporting a bipartisan “coalition” candidate to end the stalemate. Around 20 far right Republicans have blocked GOP House leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (California) attempts to be speaker in the first 11 ballots. In the 12th ballot… Source Source / Read More: Democratic Congresswoman Mary Peltola Open to Coalition Candidate for Speaker

Retired Congressman Fred Upton Being Considered for House Speakership

As the question of who will become the next Speaker of the House remains in flux, some lawmakers are reportedly discussing the possibility of the GOP putting forward a “coalition” candidate — someone that a significant portion of Republicans and Democrats can agree on. Republicans currently have 222 seats in the House of Representatives, and need only 218 votes to pick the next speaker. However… Source Source / Read More: Retired Congressman Fred Upton Being Considered for House Speakership

Did McCarthy Open the Door for MAGA Republicans to Block His Speaker Bid?

The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives was thrown into chaos Tuesday as a group of far-right lawmakers prevented GOP leader Kevin McCarthy from becoming speaker, blocking him in three rounds of voting. This is the first time in a century that the process has gone beyond the first round. Voting for a new speaker is set to resume Wednesday. McCarthy needs 218 votes to become… Source Source / Read More: Did McCarthy Open the Door for MAGA Republicans to Block His Speaker Bid?

McCarthy Fails to Win First Two Ballots for Speaker of the House

Republicans have officially taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives following their narrow victory in the 2022 midterm elections — but who will lead the party is still in question, as GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California) failed to garner the votes necessary to become Speaker of the House on Tuesday. Instead, in the first round of voting, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York)… Source Source / Read More: McCarthy Fails to Win First Two Ballots for Speaker of the House

Right-Wing Extremist Lauren Boebert to Guide Policy on House GOP Leadership Team

Despite winning reelection by just 550 votes in a race that’s now undergoing a recount, Rep. Lauren Boebert this week won a vote of confidence from her fellow Republican members of the U.S. House as she was elected to join the party’s policy committee. The office of Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on Thursday announced Boebert’s unexpectedly close race with her Democratic challenger… Source Source / Read More: Right-Wing Extremist Lauren Boebert to Guide Policy on House GOP Leadership Team

Congressional Staffers Are Holding Their First-Ever Union Vote

The Congressional Workers Union celebrated on Thursday as House staffers began voting on whether or not to form the first-ever union within Congress, a right that was granted to congressional staffers earlier this year by House lawmakers. Staffers in Rep. Andy Levin’s (D-Michigan) office will be voting electronically on whether or not to unionize on Thursday and Friday. Levin was an original sponsor of the resolution that allowed staffers to unionize and granted them related labor protections; the resolution activated decades-old legislation outlining congressional workers’ right to form unions. “This is a historic and momentous day for both the labor…

Stock Ban May Not Come to Vote This Month as Pelosi Claimed, Lawmakers Say

Proponents of legislation that would ban members of Congress from trading stocks are say that Democratic party leaders are stalling on the bill. Though House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) claimed last week that lawmakers are finally ready to bring a bill to ban Congress from trading stocks to a vote by the end of this month, proponents of the ban are skeptical that that is the case, according to interviews with the lawmakers. As Insider reports, key advocates of the proposal in the House like Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-Virginia), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) and Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington)…

Meet the Congress Members Trading Defense Stocks While Shaping Military Policy

The New York Times reported this week that 97 members of Congress “bought or sold stocks, bonds, or other financial assets that intersected with their congressional work or reported similar transactions by their spouse or a dependent child” between 2019 and 2021. With more than 3,700 such trades in those three years alone, the investigation reveals potential conflicts of interest in nearly every area of policymaking. Defense policy is no different. At least 25 members sat on committees that shape national security policy while simultaneously trading financial assets in companies that could create competing interests with their work, such as…

Pelosi Says Congressional Stock Ban Bill Is Ready to Come to a Vote This Month

Long-awaited legislation banning members of Congress from being able to trade individual stocks is ready to come to a vote as soon as this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said in her weekly news briefing on Wednesday. Lawmakers have been discussing the legislation for months and made some revelations on Wednesday morning, Pelosi said. “We believe we have a product that we can bring to the floor this month,” she said, which she characterized as “exciting.” It’s unclear what’s in the bill or how much support it will have from Congress, though the general idea does appear to have…

Lindsey Graham and Other GOP Senators Have Introduced a Nationwide Abortion Ban

On Tuesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) led Republicans in the Senate in introducing legislation to impose a nationwide abortion ban. The legislation uses loaded and deceitful language in its title. The bill, called the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” by its anti-abortion proponents, would ban all abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. It would only allow abortion after that timeframe if a person is the victim of rape or incest, or if their pregnancy poses a risk to their life. Physicians largely agree there is no such thing as a “late-term abortion,” and that the terminology…

New Poll Says Democrats Lead GOP by 7 Points in Generic Congressional Ballot

New polling from Monmouth University shows that Democrats are faring better in general than Republicans when it comes to who Americans believe should control Congress. The poll, conducted between July 28 to August 1, asked respondents who they preferred to be in charge of the legislative branch. Democrats attained decisive support from 38 percent of respondents, with another 12 percent saying they leaned toward Democrats. Republicans, meanwhile, received 34 percent support, with an additional 9 percent saying they leaned toward them. Overall, when general support for either party was combined with respondents who leaned each way, 50 percent of Americans…