New Congress to convene, but will McCarthy be House speaker?


              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Incoming Democratic Whip Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., left, sits with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., during the vote to determine the next House Minority Leader in the House chamber on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., listens during the second round of votes for Speaker of the House on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hugs Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., after she nominated him as Speaker of the House, on the opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., emerges from a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role as the 118th Congress convenes, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. Detractors in the conservative House Freedom Caucus were making demands on McCarthy for in turn for their support. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks after a closed-door meeting with the GOP Conference as he pursues the speaker of the House role when as the 118th Congress convenes, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
            
              FILE - House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks to supporters as he celebrates his re-election in Metairie, La., Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
            
              FILE - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
            FILE - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, of Calif., speaks during a news conference with members of the House Republican leadership, Nov. 15, 2022, after voting on top House Republican leadership positions, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., are at right. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) FILE - Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks before former President Donald Trump at a rally in support of the campaign of Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance at Wright Bros. Aero Inc. at Dayton International Airport on Nov. 7, 2022, in Vandalia, Ohio. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File) FILE - House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., left, confers with Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., during a news conference about the appropriations process by the majority Democrats to fund the government, at the Capitol in Washington, Dec. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
New Congress to convene, but will McCarthy be House speaker?