McCarthy set to take over as US House Speaker

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (IANS) — Republican lawmakers have re-elected Kevin McCarthy as their leader, bringing him one step closer to becoming speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, a position that will make him the second person to succeed the president after his deputy. President.

McCarthy set to take over as US House Speaker

McCarthy was elected in a closed ballot, defeating Rep. Andy Biggs, prominent member of the GOP Freedom Caucus, an ultra-conservative group.

McCarthy was officially selected as speaker on January 3. It needs 218 votes out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives to pass. Republicans are still one vote short of a majority — they are 217 to 204 of Democrats, with 14 seats still up for grabs.

Republicans will win the House of Representatives by a narrow margin while Democrats will retain the Senate, an outcome few can predict on November 3 when voting for the 2022 US midterm elections wraps up.

Republicans are expected to win both houses, particularly the House of Representatives, and this is very much consistent with history. The party that controls the White House always loses in the first half of a sitting president’s first term, and by big numbers.

In 2010, the first half of President Barack Obama, Democrats lost 63 House seats; and in 2018, the first half of President Donald Trump, Republicans lost the House of Representatives with 41 seats.

McCarthy is likely to be the next speaker, especially if he sticks to former President Trump. But he would be looking over his shoulder all the time.

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