Kevin McCarthy appears short of votes needed to become House speaker. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) could receive the most votes in the first ballot for speaker. With 222 members, McCarthy would fall behind Jeffries if more than 10 Republicans vote for someone else. McCarthy made clear that there is no more to negotiate, according to people in the room. Republican lawmakers across the ideological spectrum are expressing mixed feelings about the speaker vote. When the 118th Congress swears in its newly elected members on Tuesday, it will include a record number of new Latino members.
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