House Republicans are looking for a new leader after Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., stepped down as speaker-designate on Thursday night.
On Wednesday afternoon, Steve Scalise was elected as the House GOP’s new nominee for speaker in a closed-door confidential vote. But it became evident soon that he lacked the 217 votes required to win a house-wide vote.
Republicans could vote on another nominee as early as Thursday, and numerous names have been suggested as potential candidates.
Jordan was another fully declared contender in the House GOP’s speaker election, receiving 99 votes to Scalise’s 113.
He received hundreds more public support than Steve Scalise, and while officially supporting the Louisiana Republican during the first committee vote, numerous members suggested they would vote for him on the House floor.
Jordan has almost 87% of my vote. So we’re voting in the region, and my job is to serve them, said Rep. Eli Crane, R-Ariz., on Thursday morning. He went on to say that Jordan had not personally persuaded him to vote in his favor on the House floor.
However, Jordan’s image as a bomb-thrower has made a sizable portion of the House GOP’s moderates apprehensive.
Two members told News Digital that Emmer, who now occupies the No. 3 leadership position in the House GOP, has been considering a bid for speaker while publicly supporting Steve Scalise.
He has publicly stated his interest in the majority leader position, which Steve Scalise now holds after withdrawing from the campaign.
According to one Republican legislator, Emmer would have been whipping support for our speaker nominee if he had campaigned for the majority leader.
Emmer after Steve Scalise stepped down
Prior to Steve Scalise’s resignation on Thursday, the second Republican congressman stated that Emmer was “trying to present himself as the backup” amid fears over Scalise’s recent diagnosis of cancer.
When asked about those allegations prior to Steve Scalise’s resignation, Emmer’s spokeswoman told News Digital that Whip Emmer was one of the first people to publicly support Leader Scalise’s bid to become Speaker. He’s working hard to make sure that occurs.
They did not quickly answer an inquiry about their intentions in the aftermath of Scalise’s resignation.
When asked if Emmer would be an appropriate contender, Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., told News Digital, “I think he would be competitive at some point.”
McHenry, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is acting as interim speaker while a replacement is found.
He’s ruled out running for president, but rumors suggest that some Republican lawmakers are aiming to at least extend his term by fleshing out the narrow limitations of his post.
Prior to Scalise’s revelation, a few Republicans were looking into methods to temporarily grant McHenry specific powers until mid-November, when the current continuing resolution on funding the government is set to expire.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, publicly dismissed the proposal before Steve Scalise’s removal on Thursday. I won’t talk to Patrick unless he wants to speculate on running. He told News Digital, I mean, it’s just not an issue right now.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) indicated Thursday that he does not believe the House of Representatives will have a new speaker this week, echoing Kiggans’ remarks about “work to be done.”
It’s quite emotional. ‘We shouldn’t have adjourned,’ and I believe there were concerns about the procedure yesterday. We should have debated in there,’ said Crenshaw.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) shared her alarm about the House GOP’s present infighting. It’s not a good look for the Republican Committee to be reluctant to vote on the floor, Greene said following the House GOP meeting.