Looking to pull the bickering GOP side of the House of Representatives out of the spotlight and move on to address important pending legislation, Rep. Jim Jordan called for the third round speaker’s vote to be canceled.
Jordan was nominated to replace former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) following his unexpected ouster after just 10 months in the position.
However, in two rounds of voting, Jordan has not been able to secure the 217 votes necessary to move into the third most powerful government position in the nation. In Tuesday’s second round of voting, Jordan picked up two more votes but lost the support of four representatives, putting him 17 votes shy of the necessary threshold to serve as speaker.
Interestingly, in the first two rounds of voting, a Democrat, Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), secured more votes than any Republican in the GOP-controlled House.
The infighting and inability to unite behind a nominee has proved embarrassing for the GOP — which needs to show unity in the lead-up to the 2024 election.
In addition to placing a hold on today’s previously scheduled vote, Rep. Jordan reportedly expressed qualified support for a plan to empower interim Speaker Patrick McHenry to assume full powers associated with the office — until January.
McHenry currently serves as a parliamentary head but has no real authority. His responsibilities are delineated in the rules noted in the post below:
The plan allows the GOP to address the budget issue — the continuing resolution passed in September will expire soon — and press on with Biden-administrated related investigations and the impeachment inquiry.
Jordan has condemned the threats and has called for unity and civility.
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