Republican lawmakers have chosen Steve Scalise as their nominee for Speaker of the US House of Representatives instead of Kevin McCarthy

Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in Washington in June 2023 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican Party representatives Chose Steve Scalise is the nominee for Speaker of the US House of Representatives to replace Kevin McCarthy, who was impeached last week in a motion of no confidence. Scalise is 58 years old and is a member of Congress from the state of Louisiana. During a closed session of Republican representatives, he received 113 votes compared to 99 votes for Jim Jordan, a congressman from Ohio, the other candidate.

Now Scalise’s nomination must be approved by the House of Representatives, where Republicans have a majority (221 seats compared to 212 seats for Democrats). To be elected, Scalise must receive a majority of votes, at least 217, if all representatives are present. In contrast, Democrats support their group’s leader, Hakeem Jeffries, who challenged McCarthy last January but did not receive the necessary votes.

Last week, the House approved a motion of no confidence to remove McCarthy, a longtime member of the Republican Party, from office. A motion of no confidence in him was introduced by another Republican member of Congress, Matt Gaetz, according to whom McCarthy made too many concessions to the Democrats in the negotiations to avoid the crisis. closePartial closure of US federal government activities. Gaetz announced that he supports Scalise.

At the beginning of 2023, the election of the Speaker of the House of Representatives presented a major headache for Republicans, who were unable to agree on electing a candidate. McCarthy was finally elected on the 15th ballot, after a deadlock not seen since 1859. Temporarily McCarthy noted It’s Patrick McHenrya Republican congressman from North Carolina who has served since 2009.

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