After finishing the sixth round of voting to fill the Speaker of the House position, it did not appear that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was any closer to obtaining enough votes to obtain the job. In fact, some, such as Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), stated that they were more determined than ever not to vote for him after discussions in the conference.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) has been the main advocate for finding someone other than McCarthy for the post in order to change the way the Republicans represent their constituents. Roy has suggested Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) as an alternative. He said that it wasn't so much about McCarthy but rather changing the status quo of how things have been handled.
However, Roy told CNN's Manu Raju that there could be a chance for McCarthy. In the words of Raju, “in a welcome sign for Kevin McCarthy,” Rep. Chip Roy stated to Raju that he'd had “more productive” talks with McCarthy allies over the past two hours than he’d had over the previous few weeks. “He expects to be part of group talks tonight.”
Raju stated that Roy added that he's not a “hard-no” on McCarthy, “While he said that the ‘clown show’ GOP conference meeting yesterday ‘hardened opposition’ to McCarthy, he added that they are ‘trying to repair that damage today, and progress has been made.'”
This suggests that he believes that they might be moving towards an agreement in the near future. The issue is how to ensure that they'll get the change that the majority of the Republican base wants if they vote for McCarthy. Based on what Roy has stated so far, it seems that he will stand his ground on getting what the 20 opposing GOP members (and most of the rest) want. Many have been curious to see if anything changed following the meeting.
Another opponent, Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), also stated that he believed progress was being made as things had improved and that he felt “encouraged by it.”
Bishop added that he wasn't a hard-no either, saying, “I have never said no way because I don't think in those terms.”
Raju revealed that four individuals from both sides—the McCarthy proponents as well as the McCarthy opponents—would meet on Wednesday night to see if they could reach a solution and break the impasse.