House remains without a speaker despite reconvening, adjourns until Thursday after taking pizza break

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House remains without a speaker despite reconvening, adjourns until Thursday after taking pizza break

The House gaveled back into session on Wednesday night after taking a lengthy pizza break — only to adjourn until Thursday as the lower chamber’s quest for a speaker remains elusive.

The motion to adjourn, approved 216-214, was made by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) — a supporter of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s embattled bid for House speaker. Four Republicans sided with Democrats against adjourning: Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Brent Crane, and Matt Gaetz.

The House will now reconvene at noon on Thursday for yet another session beginning without a House speaker.

GOP representatives from the camp supporting McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) bid for speaker met with a bloc of Republicans staunchly opposed to him before the House reconvened at 8 p.m. in an effort to “get a sense of where everybody is at” after six failed attempts at electing a House speaker Tuesday and Wednesday. 

“The pizza was great,” one GOP congressman involved in the confab said.

“Tonight was really not about exchanging offers. Tonight was just getting a sense of where everybody is at and what areas are most fruitful for progress,” pro-McCarthy Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) told The Post after the gathering of factions in the office of GOP whip Tom Emmer of Minnesota.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy arrives to the House chamber after six failed votes to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress on Jan. 4, 2023.
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Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), a McCarthy critic, couldn’t say Wednesday night whether a seventh try at electing a House speaker would take place and suggested that it could be several more days before the GOP coalesce around a leader. 

“It could go into the weekend. We hope it doesn’t but it could,” Perry said. 

McCarthy told reporters before the House regrouped that he didn’t believe a seventh vote taking place Wednesday night would be fruitful, and remained optimistic that he would eventually take hold of the House gavel. 

U.S. Representative Dusty Johnson
“Tonight was just getting a sense of where everybody is at and what areas are most fruitful for progress,” said pro-McCarthy Rep. Dusty Johnson.
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The House will reconvene at noon on Thursday.
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“I don’t think voting tonight would make a difference but I think a vote in the future will,” McCarthy told a crowd of reporters.

McCarthy could only lose five GOP votes but instead lost 20 to Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida throughout voting on Wednesday before the House adjourned until 8 p.m.

The California Republican and GOP House leader earned just 201 votes after Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) chose to vote “present” beginning on the fourth ballot.

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