House Speaker Impasse
Rep. Jim Jordan (R, OH-4) was defeated again in his bid to become the speaker of the House after receiving 199 votes in the second round of balloting yesterday, down from the 200 votes he received in the first round (see previous write-up) and still shy of the 217 votes needed. The House returns today to find a path forward.
The 59-year-old Judiciary Committee chair said he plans to remain in the speaker race despite his two losses. A group of bipartisan House lawmakers has reportedly discussed empowering Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R, NC-10) and expanding his currently limited powers to resume legislative business.
The House has been at a standstill since Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R, CA-20) was removed from the speaker role two weeks ago. The race to find a House speaker comes as a potential US government shutdown is a month away.