Read Debt Limit Agreement Bill H.R. 3746
House Session - January 4, 2023

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for the fourth, fifth, and sixth times failed to get the majority of votes needed to be elected speaker of the House. This was the first time since 1923 that the House of Representatives failed to elect a speaker on the first vote. Because there was no speaker, new and returning members of Congress were not sworn in. Throughout the proceedings, C-SPAN cameras showed scenes from the chamber floor. Normally, the political majority in the House of Representatives controls the cameras in floor proceedings. The one exception is the day of the election of the speaker, when C-SPAN is allowed to control its own cameras.

11:57AM - 4:34PM ETHouse Session, Part 1 8:01PM - 8:25PM ETHouse Session, Part 2

    118th Congress - House
    Total Hours: 299 (After 149 days)
    • Debate104 Hours
    • Special Orders57 Hours
    • Votes64 Hours
    • One Minute Speeches27 Hours
    • Morning Hour24 Hours
    • Opening Procedures2 Hours

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