President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy held their first talks as the White House seeks authorization to raise borrowing limits. The opposition is believed to be seeking promises to cut spending.
Not since 1859, in the build-up to the Civil War, has the House demonstrated such disunity of the Speaker role. Republican Kevin McCarthy is facing increasing pressure to gather the necessary votes or step aside.
Numerous defections from the Republican party on the second day of voting have meant that after six votes, Kevin McCarthy has failed in his bid to become US House speaker.