Live Updates: House Republicans Seek Consensus on New Speaker – The Ankole Times

Live Updates: House Republicans Seek Consensus on New Speaker

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

House Republicans are in the midst of the speaker selection process, facing challenges and divisions within their ranks. Last week, the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), was nominated by House Republicans for the speakership. However, his chances of securing the required 217 votes appeared uncertain after the initial round of voting.

Amidst this uncertainty, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) has been serving as the speaker pro tempore, though this role lacks the full powers of the official leader. With Democrats withholding their support, Republicans are working to find common ground for their next speaker.

Several GOP holdouts, including Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), have called for an immediate second speaker vote. Meanwhile, centrist Democrat Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) is urging Republicans to consider a bipartisan solution as Jordan faces challenges in securing the speakership.

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Hard-right lawmakers are encouraging Jordan to stay in the race, with Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.) stating that Republican voters desire Jordan as the speaker. However, some holdouts, like Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), are hesitant, expressing concerns about a potential “coup.”

The House was called into recess after Jordan failed to secure enough votes, and a second speaker vote is expected. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) commented on the GOP situation, stating that House Republicans are “learning arithmetic.”

The initial vote revealed 20 GOP lawmakers voting against Jordan, making his path to the speakership challenging. The breakdown of votes for alternative candidates, including former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, and others, further complicates the process.

Jordan received 200 votes in the first round, falling short of the 217 needed. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) voted for Jordan, drawing cheers from House Republicans. Notably, Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska) received applause from both sides after casting her vote.

The House, currently lacking a formal speaker, is expected to hold subsequent rounds of voting to determine the new speaker. Democrats, led by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), are likely to support their own candidate in this process.

Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Jordan for the speakership. The dynamics within the GOP and the ongoing vote reflect the challenges and divisions the party faces in selecting a new speaker.

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As the House proceeds with the speaker vote, the nation watches closely, as this leadership position is crucial for advancing legislative matters and addressing pressing issues.

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