Why Freedom Caucus Members Are Now Voting for McCarthy for House Speaker

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Four days, 14 votes, no Speaker of the House. But, with the chamber adjourned for the afternoon, a 15th vote is set for 10 p.m. Friday after 14 of the 20 Republican representatives who’d refused to support Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) tortured bid for the post agreeing to do so—for now. 

“I know you’re all wondering what changed the vote,” Freedom Caucus Chair Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) told reporters in a chaotic gaggle after the House recessed, revealing there is a tentative “framework of an agreement in good faith that allows us to keep moving forward.”

Perry would not elaborate on what that “framework” is, but said the agreement with McCarthy would make Congress a more functional, responsive body.

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