But, for the past week, House lawmakers have been locked in a stalemate trying to elect a Speaker of the House at the start of the 118th session of Congress.
—CSPAN (@cspan) January 5, 2023
Without a Speaker, C-SPAN is able to use their own cameras, giving viewers a rare, unrestricted look behind-the-scenes of the longest House Speaker election process in over a century, with GOP frontrunner Kevin McCarthy falling short of the threshold nearly a dozen times.
Source: Washington Post
Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was seen speaking with GOP Rep.-elect Paul Gosar, who once stirred controversy for sharing a violent edited anime video of him slaying her.
—Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 3, 2023
The edited anime, “Attack of Titan,” has been co-opted by alt-right factions when discussing white supremacist narratives.
Ocasio-Cortez was also seen speaking with a common adversary in the chamber, Rep.-elect Matt Gaetz. She later said that Gaetz told her McCarthy was trying to convince the GOP that he could cut a deal with Democrats to give him the gavel, to which Ocasio-Cortez responded, “absolutely not.”
—The Recount (@therecount) January 3, 2023
Santos, who was reportedly booed by House Democrats for casting a vote for McCarthy on the first day, was also seen scrambling to cast his vote after missing his name during roll call while engrossed in conversation with another lawmaker.
—Nate Morris (@_natemorris) January 4, 2023
As Republican holdouts prompt further delay in electing a Speaker, Democrats, who have stood united behind their nominee Rep.-elect Hakeem Jeffries, were captured looking amused by the turmoil across the aisle.
—Omar Moore (@thepopcornreel) January 5, 2023