House speaker vote and news

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As While House Republicans remain divided over the future of their conference and who will be their next leader, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is taking a different tact today — appearing in Kentucky today beside President Joe Biden.

It’s a stark reminder of the vastly different ways the two men will lead their conferences, assuming House GOP leader McCarthy can ever get the speaker job. 

It also comes as Biden is speaking out for the first time against the GOP infighting, saying it’s “embarrassing” and “not a good look” on the world stage. 

The messy floor fight is also making some Senate Republicans nervous about how their House colleagues could hurt them in a future election. 

“I am always reluctant to comment on the House, but I think they got some speed bumps over there and I hope they can get them behind the and when they do, they will have an effective governing majority,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune told CNN. 

Thune said he hopes that this is short-lived and that House Republicans vent and get it out of their system. 

“They can keep grinding it out for a while but at some point, somebody’s going to have to blink,” Thune said. “I don’t know that anybody knows that’s going to happen next, but I hope they figure it out because there is a lot riding on us having an effective functioning House majority.”


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