Jordan nominated for speaker after Scalise withdraws

October 14, 2023

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was nominated to be the next House speaker on Friday after the first nominee -- the candidate who initially got more votes -- House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), withdrew his name from consideration on Thursday.

The initial vote on Thursday was 113-99, nominating Scalise to be voted on as speaker, but a vote was never held after Scalise met with Republicans and figured out he did not have the 217 votes needed to become speaker.

A small but vocal subset of the most conservative Republicans made it clear they would not support Scalise over Jordan, which sent the party scrambling back to square one.

Jordan was subsequently nominated on Friday, but an internal vote showed he doesn't have enough votes to pass either.

Democrats have 212 votes for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), so a vote cannot really be held until Republicans have enough to surpass him at least, or they could end up with a Democrat House speaker even though they have the majority.

It has now been 10 days without a permanent speaker of the House -- Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) is serving as interim Speaker until one is elected.

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