The battle that is currently taking place in the competition for the job of House Speaker was referred to by Vice President Joe Biden as “embarrassing” on Wednesday. This came about as a result of the failure of House Republicans to come together in support of a single candidate during three separate votes on Tuesday.
“With regard to the debate over the Speaker… it’s not my business,” Vice President Joe Biden told reporters as he was leaving the White House to fly to Kentucky to promote the bipartisan infrastructure package that was adopted in 2021. “It’s not my business,” Biden said. In the end, we were successful in getting the bill passed. In his subsequent comments, he stated, “I just think it’s a bit humiliating that it’s taking so long,” adding that “the rest of the world is looking” to see whether we can “get our act together.”
“I just think it’s a little humiliating that it’s taking so long,” he added. “I just think it’s embarrassing that it’s taking so long.” Biden has indicated that “getting things done” is the primary focus of his attention at this time.
During a press briefing on Tuesday, the press secretary at the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, assured reporters that Vice President Joe Biden “definitely will not insert himself in that process.” She went on to say that the administration was “looking forward to working with legislative colleagues this year,” adding that this included both Democrats and Republicans as well as Independents. A question was posed to Biden on his views on the contest for the position of speaker of the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, a handful of Kevin McCarthy’s fellow Republicans were able to block his path to becoming speaker of the House in three separate votes for the gavel. As the day went on, support for McCarthy dwindled to an increasingly insignificant level.
As the House GOP prepares to enter the second day of deliberations, it is unknown whether McCarthy’s whip count has improved or how Republicans will move in their public infighting over who will hold the speaker’s gavel. Also unknown is how Republicans will move in their fight over who will hold the gavel. It is still unknown what strategy the Republicans will employ in their attempt to seize control of the gavel.
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