The House has been in a lengthy standoff owing to deep GOP divisions, and Rep. Jim Jordan, a conservative Republican from Ohio, is asking for a vote on whether he should replace outgoing Speaker Kevin McCarthy and resolve the impasse.

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Jim Jordan won critical support from holdouts ahead of Tuesday’s vote, two weeks after McCarthy’s historic removal, and his allies are convinced that the Ohio Republican can get the 217 votes necessary to become speaker. Jordan’s ability to lead the fractured House Republican caucus, though, is in doubt given the continued hostility of a few lawmakers.

Gus Bilirakis, a Florida congressman, will be away from the Capitol on Tuesday for his mother-in-law’s funeral, which will make it more difficult for the Ohio Republican to predict his vote. Jordan may now only lose three votes as opposed to four, but this reduction is just temporary until the Florida congressman is reinstated. Bilirakis will return to Washington on Tuesday night, according his office.

Due to the razor-thin margin, McCarthy was defeated by a group of eight GOP rebels; now, a small number of House Republicans hostile to Jordan may prevent him from succeeding Jordan.

But over the past few days, Jordan and his allies have made significant progress, with the Ohio Republican going one-on-one with skeptic lawmakers while his allies outside of Congress have attacked the holdouts and threatened political repercussions if they refuse to support a favorite of the Trump-aligned GOP base.

After exiting a GOP conference meeting behind closed doors on Monday, Jordan declared, “We need to get a speaker tomorrow.” “The American people deserve for their members in the House to be working in Congress. And unless you have a speaker, it cannot occur.

Jim Jordan’s supporters think that less than ten Republicans remain opposed to him, down from the 55 who voted against him on Friday. The remaining opponents, according to one GOP legislator, number no more than 10.

On Monday, a number of significant holdouts said that they would back Jordan, including Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner, who had earlier referred to Jordan as a “nonstarter.”

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York stated, “I feel like he can bring everyone together, from the moderates to the ultra conservatives, and Republicans across the spectrum.” The basic line is that we must resume our work. We don’t have time to squander here.

Jim Jordan may be able to force extra votes even if he doesn’t receive enough on the first round, just like McCarthy did in the 15 rounds it took him to win the speakership in January.

Possibility

With the possibility of a shutdown just a month away owing to McCarthy’s six-week interim budget agreement that sparked the move against him, the House is unable to discuss legislation, such as providing further military aid to Israel or government financing, until it chooses a speaker.

Jim Jordan has detractors who might publicly reject him, including GOP legislators still upset that a few Republicans pushed out McCarthy and subsequently blocked the speaker nomination of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise,by a score of 113 to 99, who first beat Jordan inside the GOP conference.

Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska remarked, “I can’t get over the reality that a small number in our conference broke the rules to remove Kevin and then obstructed Steve. “You don’t have a system where I follow the rules and these other people can’t, so they get what they want,” the speaker said. Not American, that. Americans favor the rule of law and fair play.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida declared he would keep standing beside Scalise in the chamber. He remarked on Monday: “You can remember we had an election; the guy who won was the guy I was with,” adding that any attempts to coerce him would be unsuccessful.

Several Republicans, including those from Joe Biden’s constituency, chose not to declare their support for Jordan on the floor on Monday evening.

Those who supported Jordan have asked the conference to unite behind him, including those who attacked McCarthy and disagreed with Scalise.

Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania claimed that while Jordan backed both McCarthy and Scalise, people who were upset shouldn’t vent their resentment on him.

“Feelings are hurt,” stated Perry. “However, Jim had nothing to do with that. Therefore, they must direct their anger, if you will, against people who they believe deserve it, but Jim Jordan is definitely not one of them.

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