Jim Jordan calls for House to ‘get to work’ ahead of expected third speaker vote – live | Republicans
Speaking, as he usually does, in shirtsleeves, Jim Jordan made clear he was not abandoning his bid to become speaker of the House, despite significant opposition from his fellow Republicans.
“We need to get the appropriations process moving so that the key elements of our government are funded and funded in the right way, particularly our military. We need to get back to our committee work. And frankly, we need to continue the oversight work that I think is so darn important,” said Jordan, who leads the judiciary committee, which is one of three conducting the impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.
“We need to get to work for the American people. We need to do what we said we were going to do. We need to do what we told them we were going to do when they elected us and put us in office and, frankly, we can’t do that if the House isn’t open. We can’t open the house until we get [a] speaker.”
Now he’s taking questions.
Jim Jordan is set to anytime from now hold a press conference after his fellow Republicans twice refused to elect him speaker of the House.
Jordan is a conservative stalwart in Congress’s lower chamber, and a supporter of Donald Trump’s baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 election. Despite winning an internal party election to become the GOP nominee for speaker, he’s failed to win the near unanimity from the party necessary to win the speaker’s gavel. Democrats have unanimously opposed him, decrying him as an “insurrectionist”.
The press conference is starting now.
Jim Jordan’s press conference this morning comes after a day of intense talks with his fellow Republicans on Thursday.
At one point during the discussions Jordan briefly reversed course and backed a novel, bipartisan proposal to expand the authority of the temporary speaker for the next several months, my colleague Lauren Gambino reported.
Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, is currently in that role, but, Lauren reported: “A group of hard-right conservatives revolted, calling the plan ‘asinine’ and arguing that it would effectively cede control of the floor to Democrats.”
Here’s one take on the continuing goings-on:
Jim Jordan is set to hold a press conference on Friday morning, amid ongoing chaos as Republicans attempt to select a House speaker.
The hard-right Donald Trump ally is expected to launch a third bid for the role, after failing in two ballots on the House floor so far.
As the House entered its third week of stasis – left speakerless by Republican infighting – pressure is growing on the GOP to nominate a speaker. A government funding deadline is nearing, while the Biden administration is set to ask for funding to support Israel’s efforts in Gaza.
Jordan is due to speak at 8am ET on Friday, and could schedule a third vote in the House. If that happens, reports suggest it would go even worse for the Ohio representative, who lost support between the first and second ballots.
In other developments, the Biden administration is expected to ask Congress for $14bn in aid for Israel on Friday, as part of a supplemental funding package which would also include $14bn for US-Mexico border management and $10bn for humanitarian efforts.
Meanwhile, in Georgia jury selection is set to begin for the first defendant to go to trial in the case that accuses Republican former president Donald Trump and others of illegally scheming to overturn the 2020 election in the state.
Kenneth Chesebro, a former Trump campaign attorney, was indicted just over two months ago along with Trump and 17 others.
If Chesebro doesn’t take a plea deal before the trial starts – as Sidney Powell did on Thursday – the proceedings will provide a first extensive look at the evidence the Fulton county district attorney, Fani Willis, and her team have amassed.