Mystery challenger set to take on Jim Jordan in speaker vote


A 'mystery challenger' appears set to be part of a plan by moderate Republicans to block Jim Jordan (pictured left) in his quest to become the new Speaker of the House. The House, without a speaker, is essentially unable to function during a time of turmoil in the U.S. and wars overseas and the political pressure is increasingly on Republicans to reverse course, reassert majority control and govern in Congress.

A ‘mystery challenger’ appears set to be part of a plan by moderate Republicans to block Jim Jordan (pictured left) in his quest to become the new Speaker of the House. The House, without a speaker, is essentially unable to function during a time of turmoil in the U.S. and wars overseas and the political pressure is increasingly on Republicans to reverse course, reassert majority control and govern in Congress.

Two anonymous House Republicans told Politico Sunday the specific name has not yet been determined but they believe not only will the choice block Jordan, but give cover to anyone who wants to vote against him. 'There will be an alternative for the rational part of the Republican conference,' the moderate GOP member said. A spokesperson for Jordan did not appear moved by the suggestions of disunity toward the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Two anonymous House Republicans told Politico Sunday the specific name has not yet been determined but they believe not only will the choice block Jordan, but give cover to anyone who wants to vote against him. ‘There will be an alternative for the rational part of the Republican conference,’ the moderate GOP member said. A spokesperson for Jordan did not appear moved by the suggestions of disunity toward the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

'Chairman Jordan is looking forward to uniting the entire conference on Tuesday in order to get back to work and pass the bills that the American people expect by giving Israel the resources they need to destroy Hamas and securing the southern border,' Russell Dye said in a statement. At the same time, CNN reported another unnamed Republican House member believes they have at least 40 'no' votes to stop Jordan's election. 'The approximately 20 I've talked to know we must be prepared,' the Congressman said. 'We cannot let the small group dictate to the whole group. They want a minority of the majority to dictate and as a red-blooded American I refuse to be a victim.'

‘Chairman Jordan is looking forward to uniting the entire conference on Tuesday in order to get back to work and pass the bills that the American people expect by giving Israel the resources they need to destroy Hamas and securing the southern border,’ Russell Dye said in a statement. At the same time, CNN reported another unnamed Republican House member believes they have at least 40 ‘no’ votes to stop Jordan’s election. ‘The approximately 20 I’ve talked to know we must be prepared,’ the Congressman said. ‘We cannot let the small group dictate to the whole group. They want a minority of the majority to dictate and as a red-blooded American I refuse to be a victim.’

Jordan is the one of the candidates who put himself up for the job after Kevin McCarthy was ousted. Jordan's supporters previously were able to stop Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise from being put up for a full vote, despite winning backing of the Republican Congress.

Jordan is the one of the candidates who put himself up for the job after Kevin McCarthy was ousted. Jordan’s supporters previously were able to stop Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise from being put up for a full vote, despite winning backing of the Republican Congress.

A speaker needs 217 votes to be elected. Republicans hold a slim majority, but eight Republicans voted against McCarthy joining with the Democrats. A Republican candidate can only lose four votes from their party before they will not meet the 217 threshold. Without a speaker, action in the House of Representatives is essentially stalled. Earlier this week, a group of moderate Democrat lawmakers extended an offer to temporary House Speaker Patrick McHenry (pictured), proposing to enhance his authority in exchange for allowing more bills to be presented on the House floor.

A speaker needs 217 votes to be elected. Republicans hold a slim majority, but eight Republicans voted against McCarthy joining with the Democrats. A Republican candidate can only lose four votes from their party before they will not meet the 217 threshold. Without a speaker, action in the House of Representatives is essentially stalled. Earlier this week, a group of moderate Democrat lawmakers extended an offer to temporary House Speaker Patrick McHenry (pictured), proposing to enhance his authority in exchange for allowing more bills to be presented on the House floor.

Four House Democrats affiliated with the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus wrote to McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, expressing their concerns about the limited authority granted to the House Speaker Pro Tempore. The expanded powers would direct the Speaker Pro Tempore to introduce proposed legislation in specific areas. 'In light of our nation's pressing issues, a looming government shutdown, and the attacks on our key ally, Israel, we strongly support an immediate vote to expand the Speaker Pro Tempore's authorities to allow for the consideration of a legislative agenda limited to the most pressing issues,' the letter read.

Four House Democrats affiliated with the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus wrote to McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina, expressing their concerns about the limited authority granted to the House Speaker Pro Tempore. The expanded powers would direct the Speaker Pro Tempore to introduce proposed legislation in specific areas. ‘In light of our nation’s pressing issues, a looming government shutdown, and the attacks on our key ally, Israel, we strongly support an immediate vote to expand the Speaker Pro Tempore’s authorities to allow for the consideration of a legislative agenda limited to the most pressing issues,’ the letter read.

It includes foreign aid funding for Ukraine and Israel, an extension of the current continuing resolution through January 2024 to prevent a government shutdown, and the consideration of appropriations bills at the committee and floor levels. In exchange for McHenry gaining additional powers, the Democrats requested that they receive half of the suspension bills on the legislative calendar to facilitate the House's operation. They emphasized the necessity of restoring the House's functionality promptly, citing the potential risks to American families, the economy, and national security.

It includes foreign aid funding for Ukraine and Israel, an extension of the current continuing resolution through January 2024 to prevent a government shutdown, and the consideration of appropriations bills at the committee and floor levels. In exchange for McHenry gaining additional powers, the Democrats requested that they receive half of the suspension bills on the legislative calendar to facilitate the House’s operation. They emphasized the necessity of restoring the House’s functionality promptly, citing the potential risks to American families, the economy, and national security.

Aside from Gottheimer, the letter also featured signatures from three other Democratic lawmakers: Reps. Ed Case of Hawaii, Susie Lee of Nevada, and Jared Golden of Maine. Republicans chose firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan as their new nominee for House speaker during internal voting Friday, putting the gavel within reach of the staunch ally of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Electing Jordan, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, to the powerful position second in line to the presidency would move the GOP´s far right into a central seat of U.S. power.

Aside from Gottheimer, the letter also featured signatures from three other Democratic lawmakers: Reps. Ed Case of Hawaii, Susie Lee of Nevada, and Jared Golden of Maine. Republicans chose firebrand Rep. Jim Jordan as their new nominee for House speaker during internal voting Friday, putting the gavel within reach of the staunch ally of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump. Electing Jordan, a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, to the powerful position second in line to the presidency would move the GOP´s far right into a central seat of U.S. power.

A groundswell of high-profile backers including Fox News´ Sean Hannity publicly pressured lawmakers to vote Jordan into the speaker's office after the stunning ouster of Kevin McCarthy. Jordan, of Ohio, will now try to unite colleagues from the deeply divided House GOP majority ahead of a public vote on the floor, possibly next week. Republicans split 124-81 in Friday's private vote, though a second secret ballot nudged his tally higher. 'I think Jordan would do a great job,' McCarthy, R-Calif., said ahead of the vote. 'We got to get this back on track.'

A groundswell of high-profile backers including Fox News´ Sean Hannity publicly pressured lawmakers to vote Jordan into the speaker’s office after the stunning ouster of Kevin McCarthy. Jordan, of Ohio, will now try to unite colleagues from the deeply divided House GOP majority ahead of a public vote on the floor, possibly next week. Republicans split 124-81 in Friday’s private vote, though a second secret ballot nudged his tally higher. ‘I think Jordan would do a great job,’ McCarthy, R-Calif., said ahead of the vote. ‘We got to get this back on track.’

Frustrated House Republicans have been fighting bitterly over whom they should elect to replace McCarthy to lead their party after his unprecedented ouster by a handful of hardliners. Jordan is known for his close alliance with Trump, particularly when the then-president was working to overturn the results of the 2020 election, leading to the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. His rise would all but complete the far-rightward shift of the party, and boost its defense of Trump in four separate legal cases, including over 2020 election fraud.

Frustrated House Republicans have been fighting bitterly over whom they should elect to replace McCarthy to lead their party after his unprecedented ouster by a handful of hardliners. Jordan is known for his close alliance with Trump, particularly when the then-president was working to overturn the results of the 2020 election, leading to the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. His rise would all but complete the far-rightward shift of the party, and boost its defense of Trump in four separate legal cases, including over 2020 election fraud.

During Trump's impeachment proceedings over the January 6 attack, Jordan was his chief defender in Congress. Trump awarded him the Medal of Freedom days later. Jordan´s wing of the party has already demanded severe budget cuts that he has promised to deliver, and aid to Ukraine would be seriously in doubt. Investigations into Biden and his family would be pushed to the forefront. The stalemate between the factions, now in its second week, has thrown the House into chaos, grinding all other business to a halt. Lawmakers left for the weekend, and are due back Monday. Read the full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12634627/Jim-Jordan-speaker-vote-Republicans-challenger.html?ito=msngallery

During Trump’s impeachment proceedings over the January 6 attack, Jordan was his chief defender in Congress. Trump awarded him the Medal of Freedom days later. Jordan´s wing of the party has already demanded severe budget cuts that he has promised to deliver, and aid to Ukraine would be seriously in doubt. Investigations into Biden and his family would be pushed to the forefront. The stalemate between the factions, now in its second week, has thrown the House into chaos, grinding all other business to a halt. Lawmakers left for the weekend, and are due back Monday. Read the full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12634627/Jim-Jordan-speaker-vote-Republicans-challenger.html?ito=msngallery

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