Today, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) fell short a third time in his bid for House speaker as 20 Republicans rejected his candidacy and backed Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). A defiant McCarthy has vowed to press ahead, telling reporters, “we stay in until we win,” but his path to the speakership was unclear. The House itself remained in limbo, with no action until a speaker is elected. Amid the stalemate, the House voted to adjourn until Wednesday.
The new Senate also gaveled into session Tuesday but with far less drama. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are back in their respective positions. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) was elected as the new president pro tem.