After a marathon day of voting, Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected this Saturday as speaker of the United States House of Representatives, after convincing a sufficient number of far-right congressmen from his own party who refused to give him their support.
After 15 voting sessions, McCarthy resolved 216 votes to be elected leader of the Lower House, putting an end to the uncertainty in the legislative body.
To win the presidency of the House of Representatives, the Republican had to convince some of his ultra-conservative opponents in the Republican Party to support his candidacy, while making a series of concessions.
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The abstention of six Republicans from the ultra-conservative group Freedom Caucus, facilitated the election of McCarthy, by reducing the number of votes he needed to be elected.
McCarthy’s appointment ends a grueling week on Capitol Hill that began last Tuesday when, for the first time in a hundred years, the Speaker of the House of Representatives was not elected in the first election.
It is expected that among the first decisions of the Republican at the head of the House of Representatives will be to reduce defense spending by 2024 to 2022 levels, when it was 782,000 million dollars, going up to 857,000 million in the fiscal year. 2023.
The leader of the US House of Representatives is the third authority in the country, after the president of the country and the vice president, who also chairs the Senate, and the second in line of succession.