The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

House adjourns until noon Friday, without a speaker, as Republicans continue to work on a deal

After a third day of voting, California Republican Kevin McCarthy is still short of enough votes for the speakership, but he may be moving closer to the role. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Today, with allies of California Republican Kevin McCarthy finding a potential breakthrough in their stalemate with some of the holdouts and wanting time to work on furthering a deal, the House voted to adjourn largely along party lines after a third day of voting failed to produce a speaker. Republican may have broken through with a possible deal, according to three individuals familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The potential break in the stalemate comes as the House broke a 100-year record and McCarthy failed on the 11th ballot in his bid for speaker.

In 1923, Speaker Frederick Gillett (R-Mass.) was reelected on the ninth ballot. No other business in the House can proceed without a speaker.

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