What occurs in the event of an evenly split vote within the House?

On February 7, 2024, the House of Representatives faced a unique situation as the vote to impeach Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas resulted in a tie at 215 to 215. This was due to three House Republicans joining Democrats in opposing the effort. However, the impasse was quickly resolved when a fourth House Republican changed his vote, allowing the bill to be brought up again at a later date. This raised the question of what would happen in the future if there was a tie vote in the House, especially with a narrow Republican majority. Unlike in the Senate, where the Vice President can cast a tie-breaking vote, there is no such provision in the House. This is a contrast to the Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris has already cast over 30 tie-breaking votes due to the narrow Democratic majority. As a politics reporter for CBS News, I will continue to monitor and report on any developments in this ongoing issue.  

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