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Kevin McCarthy wins House speaker job on 15th vote amid tension in chamber

By Adam Schrader & Simon Druker & Matt Bernardini

Jan. 7 (UPI) — Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won the speaker of the House job following a15th vote early Saturday morning after the lower chamber devolved into chaos after the previous vote that McCarthy thought he would win.

In his acceptance speech, McCarthy said his priorities for the House of Representatives would be “bringing back hundreds of thousands of jobs that went to China,” investigating United States’ involvement in Afghanistan, looking into the origins of COVID-19, probing the “weaponization of the FBI” and border security.

After he was sworn in as speaker, McCarthy swore in all members of the House who were elected to the 118th Congress. Rep. Steve Scalese, R-La., was introduced as majority leader, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., was introduced as minority leader.

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