House of Representatives to vote on new speaker Tuesday

After a historic vote by a majority of the House of Representatives earlier this month, it is expected that they will vote for a new Speaker on Tuesday.

After a turbulent few days, Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La. ), the initial speaker-designate, had to withdraw from the race due to growing public opposition.

It’s not clear whether Jordan will win the first round despite the Republicans having the majority in the House.

Jordan told reporters Monday night that “we need to find a speaker for tomorrow. The American people deserve their Congress and their House of Representatives to be working.” “I felt great walking into the conference. I feel even more so now.”

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House Republicans met Monday night behind closed doors, and Jordan made one last appeal to those who were against him.

To win the gavel, he’ll only need a simple majority. With the razor-thin margin of House Republicans and one anticipated absence, he only needs to lose three GOP votes in order to win if all House Democrats attend.

At least two House Republicans, Reps. Mike Lawler and Carlos Gimenez have stated that they will vote for Kevin McCarthy, R. California, the ex-Speaker who was ousted from office by eight House Republicans as well as all House Democrats.

Jordan Monday appears to have significantly reduced the number Republicans opposed to him voting, reducing the 55 Republicans that refused to support him in a secret vote last week.

Jordan was nominated as the Republican candidate after Louisiana’s Majority Leader Steve Scalise withdrew due to signs that he would not be able to achieve a majority in the House.

Jordan has won over one of the key holdouts when House Armed Services Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) shocked political observers on Monday when he announced he would back Jordan.

Rogers was strongly against Jordan until Friday, and suggested last week that Republicans might have to work together with Democrats to find another leader.

Democrats attacked Jordan before the election, accusing Republicans that they were empowering an extremist because of his closeness to Donald Trump, the former president, and his objections to the results of the 2020 elections.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) wrote on Facebook that Jim Jordan was not qualified to be Speaker of the House.

He is an extreme who led Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results in 2020, forced government shut downs, and attacked social security and Medicare.

House Minority leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), meanwhile, called for moderate Republicans to leave their conference and form a “bipartisan coalition”.

“The extremists broke the House of Representatives.” Jeffries stated on Monday that only a bipartisan coalition of governing parties can fix the problem.