The House is set to vote for the speaker of the House for the seventh time due to a faction of 20 conservative Republicans blocking Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the speakership. Democrats are only voting for Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), while Republican detractors have backed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL).
Negotiations between McCarthy and the conservative Republicans progressed Wednesday night, but had not concluded when the House gathered at noon. In the late hours, McCarthy made a number of concessions in order to win over the support of the conservative Republicans. He agreed to lower the threshold of members necessary to bring forward a motion to depose a speaker, and he also agreed to place House Freedom Caucus members in powerful committee positions.
Despite the concessions McCarthy made, the vote totals are expected to remain the same. It remains to be seen whether or not the conservative Republicans will be swayed by the concessions McCarthy has made, and whether or not he will be elected as the speaker of the House.
The vote is expected to take place sometime Wednesday afternoon. It is a crucial vote for the House, as the speaker of the House is the most powerful position in the House, and will be responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the House. It is unclear who will win the speakership, and the outcome of the vote will be determined by the House’s members.