House Fails To Select Speaker

October 18, 2023

“I just want the lights on so we’re a functioning branch of government.”

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) who voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) for House Speaker; after two votes, Jordan failed to receive the support necessary to assume the position.

After two public, floor votes for House Speaker, Jim Jordan, the Republican Party choice for speaker did not receive the necessary support from members of his own party (OR any democrats who supported their party leader, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York).

Congressman Jordan says he’ll continue to pursue support for his leadership. Another vote is expected on Thursday, October 19th.

Why This Matters: The House continues without a speaker, and without the position filled, the chamber remains paralyzed from normal business operations and votes.

Reminder: The House Speaker needs a simple majority vote in the House. While Republicans have the majority, they do not have ENOUGH of a majority to overcome some diversity in their own party as who should lead. The Constitution does not stipulate specific requirements for House Speaker; the position does not have to be filled by a sitting lawmaker or even a politician.

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