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Republican Jim Jordan loses first US House speaker vote, plays for time

Published Oct 17, 2023 06:02AM ET Updated Oct 18, 2023 08:41AM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) who is vying for the position of Speaker of the House, speaks to the media following a meeting of House Republicans as the Republicans continue to try to elect a new Speaker, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Octob

By David Morgan, Makini Brice and Moira Warburton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Combative right-wing Republican Jim Jordan on Tuesday sought more time to build support for his bid for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives after coming up short in a first vote, raising questions about his prospects for winning the job.

Lacking the 217 votes he needs to claim the speaker's gavel, Jordan postponed further action until 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) on Wednesday, while he scrambled to pressure the 20 fellow Republicans who voted against him on Tuesday afternoon.

Democrats seized on the prolonged Republican infighting to make the case for a compromise candidate that would enjoy the backing of both parties - a sharp departure from how Congress typically functions after the unprecedented ouster of speaker Kevin McCarthy on Oct. 3.

"There's only two paths: either you're going to continue to bend the knee to the most extreme members of your conference, who are not interested in governing; or you can partner with Democrats to do the business of the American people," Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries said.

Tuesday's failed vote meant that the House remains leaderless, as it has been since a handful of Republican insurgents engineered McCarthy's removal. That has left Congress unable to respond to wars in the Middle East and Ukraine, with just a month to go before the U.S. government faces another partial shutdown deadline.

It was not clear whether Jordan, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, would pick up more support or see his opposition grow in a second vote on Wednesday. Jordan got 200 votes in the first round - the lowest tally McCarthy ever saw during 15 rounds of voting over four days in January.

Jordan told reporters he was "making progress" after several hours of closed-door talks with Republicans.

"We gotta have a speaker and it can't be some deal with the Democrats," he said.

McCarthy was ousted for reaching a deal with Democrats late last month to head off the fourth partial U.S. government shutdown in a decade, triggering the current period of dysfunction.

If Jordan prevails, a conservative who has spent years fighting with leaders of his own party could end up in one of the most powerful jobs in Washington, putting him second in line for the presidency behind the vice president.

First he will have to win over more of the 20 Republicans who voted for other candidates.

Many of them are moderates who represent politically competitive districts, while others specialize in negotiating the complex spending bills that keep the U.S. government running, deals that typically require a willingness to compromise.

'I WILL NOT BE PRESSURED'

Several Republicans from the New York City area said they voted against Jordan because he opposed benefits for survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, as well as tax policies and disaster aid that would help their residents.

Others objected to high-pressure tactics to get them to fall in line. "I will not be pressured or intimidated," said Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, who voted for Scalise.

Representative Ken Buck said he was concerned that Jordan has still not acknowledged that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Democratic President Joe Biden.

Jordan was a "significant player" in efforts to overturn Trump's election defeat, a congressional investigation found.

Republicans control the House by a narrow 221-212 margin, giving them little room for error on divisive votes like this one.

New Republican challengers could emerge if Jordan does not pick up support. Potential candidates include Tom Emmer, the No. 3 House Republican, and Patrick McHenry, who is temporarily filling the speaker's chair.

Jeffries, the Democratic leader, said there have been "informal conversations" with Republicans about giving McHenry more powers to ensure the chamber can take up pressing matters like aid for Israel and Ukraine and U.S. government funding.

Democrats have painted Jordan as an extremist who would take orders from Trump.

"We are talking about someone who has spent their entire career trying to hold our country back," Democratic Representative Pete Aguilar said on the House floor.

A fixture on conservative media outlets, Jordan has used his perch as chair of the House Judiciary Committee to help lead an impeachment inquiry into Biden that Democrats decry as baseless.

He helped found the House Freedom Caucus, which then-Speaker John Boehner dubbed "legislative terrorists" before members of that group pressured him to retire. Jordan was an architect of government shutdowns in 2013 and 2018.

Before entering politics, Jordan served as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University. Former students in 2018 accused him of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse of college wrestlers by the wrestling team's doctor. He denied those allegations and a university investigation found no hard evidence that he knew of the abuse.

Republican Jim Jordan loses first US House speaker vote, plays for time
 

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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 18, 2023 10:07AM ET
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I am still rooting for JIm, afterall it's about time we get a pe*do friendly Speaker......
Derick Lim
Derick Lim Oct 18, 2023 7:55AM ET
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Just appoint AI as speaker..... with JBL woofer
Carl Tom
Carl Tom Oct 17, 2023 8:12PM ET
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Pigs go to market
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Oct 17, 2023 7:03PM ET
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GOP : MIA.
John Hill
John Hill Oct 17, 2023 7:03PM ET
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it doesn't appear that you're intelligent enough to know that they are still working and carrying on the country's business. they just don't have a speaker. Republicans have minds of their owns unlike Democrats who are locked up with what they're told to do whether it be right or wrong.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 17, 2023 7:03PM ET
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John Hill  "they are still working and carrying on the country's business. they just don't have a speaker."  -- this made me laughed so hard I spitted out my morning coffee
Oct 17, 2023 5:51PM ET
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slomocollapseofamericandemocracy
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EddieG Oct 17, 2023 4:46PM ET
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banana republicans
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 17, 2023 4:46PM ET
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lol
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Oct 17, 2023 3:53PM ET
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Will Trumps dog Jordan manage to force the only sane republicans to give MAGA extremist the power?
First Last
First Last Oct 17, 2023 3:53PM ET
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More sane republicans should vote against Jordan if only to convince them to avoid the embarrassing prospect of Jordan repeatedly losing elections.  Jordan is less popular than McCarthy & Scalise.
Carl Tom
Carl Tom Oct 17, 2023 3:53PM ET
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The gang that couldn't shoot straight
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First Last Oct 17, 2023 3:53PM ET
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Jordan got 1 less vote in 2nd round!    ;-)
Tom Saltzman
Tom Saltzman Oct 17, 2023 2:42PM ET
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The looney left against Jordan and defending McCarthy tells you all you need to know.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Oct 17, 2023 2:42PM ET
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that the looney rightist are loonier than ever
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 17, 2023 2:42PM ET
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tom yeah, it tells you they are sane, unlike the maga-cultists.. mccarthy is incompetent by any standard, and nobody's really defending him, but while scraping the bottom of a barrel, you just take whatever you can get...
Tom Saltzman
Tom Saltzman Oct 17, 2023 2:42PM ET
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Maximus Maximus  Yes. I understand how you see it, But Anybody that you could support is my enemy. We aren't even the same species. This is why a peaceful divorce is the only option.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 17, 2023 2:42PM ET
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Tom Saltzman  "This is why a peaceful divorce is the only option."  - Tom is still hoping his great grandad's conferency war bonds will be worth some money some days in the future
Daniel Caimi
Daniel Caimi Oct 17, 2023 12:15PM ET
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I would like to see some Republicans or independence start writing the political section here. I’m sick of the Democrats point of view here.
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Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 17, 2023 12:15PM ET
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IT'S A CONSPIRACY!!!
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Oct 17, 2023 12:15PM ET
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daniel try fox and newsmax, they might be exactly the rightwing cesspool echo-chambers you are looking for... bye bye
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 17, 2023 12:15PM ET
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IT'S A CONSPIRACY!!!
Carl Tom
Carl Tom Oct 17, 2023 12:15PM ET
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Brad Albright it's a Witch hunt
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 17, 2023 12:15PM ET
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Maximus Maximus  "they might be exactly the rightwing cesspool echo-chambers you are looking for..."  -- yeah just ignore Rupert Murdoch when he said he knew the election frauds was BS but he had to keep feeding the viewers what they wanted to hear, because FoxNews is all about fair and balanced
Alan Rice
Alan Rice Oct 17, 2023 12:13PM ET
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Will The US House be CONTROLLED by a cult of reactionary extremists?? Stay tuned.
Jimmy Doodoo
JimmyD Oct 17, 2023 12:13PM ET
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No, Pelosi was fired remember?
First Last
First Last Oct 17, 2023 12:13PM ET
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Will?  It has already been.
 
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