House conservatives are urging temporary House Speaker Patrick McHenry (R-NC) to schedule a Tuesday floor vote on a permanent replacement for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) secured the Republican conference nomination in a closed-door session last week, though a number of moderate holdouts are reaching out to Democrats in order to work out a potential deal to share power.
“You guys want to go 15 rounds? Fine. Let’s do it. On the floor. For the country to see. This Monday,” Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) wrote in an X post on Friday. “You want to explain to your voters why you blocked Jordan? Then bring it.. because from the calls I’m getting, they are asking me what’s going on.”
“Look, I’m not going to tell other members how to do their jobs, but over 90% of voters want Jordan for speaker. I know it’s a foreign concept in DC, but I actually listen to my constituents,” she wrote in a follow-up post on Sunday.
Look, I’m not going to tell other members how to do their jobs, but over 90% of voters want Jordan for speaker. I know it’s a foreign concept in DC, but I actually listen to my constituents.
— Anna Paulina Luna (@realannapaulina) October 15, 2023
“I’m supporting JIM JORDAN for Speaker & I can’t wait to vote for him on the House floor,” wrote Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX). “The American people have waited for YEARS to have a conservative Speaker, and this is our shot to get one. I stand with Jim!!”
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also expressed support for Jordan on Sunday, stating that there should be no more delays on a vote. “Our voters want Jim, I’m with Jim, the House is ready for Jim, America NEEDS Jim,” Donalds said.
Jim Jordan for Speaker of the United States House of Representatives!
No more delays.
Our voters want Jim, I’m with Jim, the House is ready for Jim, America NEEDS Jim.
Let’s get to work!
🇺🇸Secure the border
🇺🇸Hold Biden accountable
🇺🇸Rein in spending
🇺🇸Stand for Law & Order pic.twitter.com/4nUA80PBr0
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) October 15, 2023
I am supporting JIM JORDAN for Speaker because our country needs a strong, decisive leader who can take on Biden in the fight to save our country. We must secure our border, protect our country, and end Biden's America Last agenda! pic.twitter.com/bGQSAfQoUi
— Mary Miller (@Miller_Congress) October 13, 2023
Time to vote on the floor in front of the American people! https://t.co/6Jz1edi66P
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) October 15, 2023
Jordan secured the GOP conference by a vote of 124-81 in closed-door vote earlier this week, though support for his bid appears to be growing. Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) — who received several votes from Republicans who are upset with the move to oust McCarthy — opted to endorse Jordan and urged his colleagues to do the same. “I highly respect Jim Jordan. He is an asset to the Republican Party and our nominee for Speaker,” Scott wrote in an X post on Friday. “Our conference has spoken, and now we must unite behind Jordan so we can get Congress back to work.”
The former speaker has also endorsed Jordan and advised his supporters in the House to do the same. “Look, I think Jim Jordan can get there,” McCarthy told Fox News on Sunday. “I’m one who understands how difficult it is. I did walk in with more support during this time, but I believe at the end of the day, Jim can get there, and I’m doing everything I can to help him be able to become speaker.”
When asked if Jordan had the votes, McCarthy stated that he did not as of Friday, but expressed optimism that he will find enough votes.
While support for Jordan appears to have expanded since the conference vote, a number of Republicans have reached out to far-left Democrat House leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) in an effort to work out a potential power-sharing agreement. “There are informal conversations that have been underway. When we get back to Washington tomorrow, it’s important to begin to formalize those discussions,” Jeffries said of a possible deal with Republicans.
“From the very beginning of this Congress, House Democrats have made clear that we want to continue to put people over politics and to fight for things like lower costs, better paying jobs, safer communities, and to build an economy that works from the middle out and the bottom up. On the other hand, House Republicans have been focused on fighting each other,” he continued. “It’s time to end the Republican civil war so we can get back to doing the business of the American people. And we as House Democrats are committed to finding that bipartisan path forward in a meaningful way.”
The group is reportedly being led by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), though a number of additional Republicans are also holding out on supporting Jordan.