WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new congress is underway. Representative Jack Bergman (R- MI) is back in our nation’s capital representing the UP. However, the House got off to an unusual and chaotic start.
For the first time in one-hundred years, a new Speaker of the House did not win the that elected position in the first round of voting. There’s been a lot of clashes between a handful of republican members who do not support Kevin McCarthy of California’s nomination for the job, even though he got the majority of republicans to vote for him. He didn’t get enough votes on that first round to earn the top spot. Democrats unanimously voted for New York’s Hakeem Jeffries’ as their party’s nomination. The House can’t move forward with business or even swear in their members until a new speaker is elected.
Over on the Senate, it couldn’t be more different. Members on both sides of the aisle greeted and congratulated each other after taking their oaths of office.