Speaker election could only be the prelude to more anarchy

The delayed election of a speaker in Congress is not yet a drama. But maybe it’s just the prelude to more chaos from summer. When it comes to raising the debt ceiling and fresh money for Ukraine, a deadlock could have more serious consequences.

For three days, the wafer-thin Republican majority in the House of Representatives has been trying in vain to elect a speaker. As long as this does not happen, the United States’ grand chamber of parliament will remain incapable of action. The newly elected deputies cannot be sworn in, the commissions cannot be filled and no new laws can be passed. Parliamentarians are also not allowed to receive secret service briefings, and at some point it could also become difficult to pay wages.

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