Republican nominee for House speaker Steve Scalise nowhere near 217 votes he needs as


Republican nominee for House speaker Steve Scalise nowhere near 217 votes he needs as Congress is paralyzed for eighth day in midst of Israel crisis and looming government shutdown

  • Scalise and Rep. Jim Jordan faced off in an internal vote of the House GOP where Scalise was chosen to be the Republican candidate for speaker 113-99
  • Since the vote the list of those who will oppose Scalise on the House floor has grown longer – not shorter 
  • READ MORE: Marjorie Taylor Greene says she won’t back Scalise because he has blood cancer

The Republican nominee to lead the US House of Representatives is nowhere near securing enough support to become Speaker.

It means the House is still paralyzed without a leader eight days after the historic ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy

Steve Scalise, the House’s second most senior Republican, secured his party’s nomination but some of his colleagues still opposed him.

Scalise and Donald Trump ally Rep. Jim Jordan, chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, faced off in an internal vote of the House GOP where Scalise won 113-99

Now, he must win a vote on the House floor – where Republicans only have a four-vote majority. 

Rep. Nancy Mace, one of the Republicans opposing him, said on CNN‘I personally cannot, in good conscience, vote for someone who attended a white supremacist conference and compared himself to David Duke.’ 

Scalise spoke at a conference hosted by former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard and white supremacist David Duke’s group in 2002 but later claimed not to know what they stood for and said he regretted it.

At the outset of his political career Scalise also told a Louisiana reporter he was ‘like David Duke without the baggage.’

The list of Republicans who say they will oppose Majority Leader Steve Scalise, the House's number two Republican, for the job has grown longer, not shorter, since he was chosen in conference

The list of Republicans who say they will oppose Majority Leader Steve Scalise, the House’s number two Republican, for the job has grown longer, not shorter, since he was chosen in conference

Meanwhile Democrats met and chose Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries as their candidate for speaker in under 10 minutes. All Democrats are expected to vote for him on the floor. 

House Republicans were meeting again on Thursday to try to chart a path forward. It’s not clear when they’ll hold a vote for speaker on the House floor.  

Scalise, who is seen as more conservative than McCarthy but still a part of the current leadership, has lined up at least a dozen detractors, many from the right-wing Freedom Caucus who have said they will continue to vote for Jordan on the floor. 

Jordan took his name out of the running and said he would ask his supporters to instead vote for Scalise. 

With the House in paralysis, Congress is barreling toward another government shutdown crisis on November 17 and is unable to pass any legislation amid the outbreak of war in Israel

Rep. Jim Jordan, chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, faced off in an internal vote of the House GOP where Scalise was chosen to be the Republican candidate for speaker 113-99

Rep. Jim Jordan, chair of the powerful Judiciary Committee, faced off in an internal vote of the House GOP where Scalise was chosen to be the Republican candidate for speaker 113-99

In a little over a month the House’s continuing resolution, (CR), which kicked the deadline to fund the government down the road by six weeks, will expire. 

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., had launched a motion to oust McCarthy because he did not want a CR to pass Congress – instead wanted the House to work through 12 separate single-subject spending bills. 

But now that the House has wasted weeks kicking out its speaker and fighting over who should take the job next, it’s nearly impossible that the rest of the spending bills will pass before the deadline. 

The lower chamber also cannot take up a bipartisan aid package for Israel to the tune of $2 billion – though Israel already receives $3.3 billion in military funding and $500 million in missile defense funding from the U.S. each year. 

Some 1,200 people have died in the Hamas attacks on Israel and around 1,100 Palestinians have been killed in Israel’s counter-attack.  So far 25 Americans have died in the violence. 



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