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NEWS | Speaker Squabbles Continue in House Republican Conf.

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UPDATE as of 2:10 p.m. ET Oct. 25, 2023 | Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) has been elected as the 56th speaker of the House. After nearly three weeks of a vacancy, every single Republican voted for him, giving him 220 votes.


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UPDATE as of 8:00 a.m. ET Oct. 25, 2023 | House Republicans chose Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana to be their speaker-designate during a late-night GOP conference meeting Tuesday. And early indications were that on their fourth nominee after three weeks without a speaker, this time might really be the last.


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UPDATE As of 7:15 a.m. ET Oct. 24, 2023 | After no progress with yesterday's two-and–half-hour inner-conference candidate forum, House Republicans will once again gather this morning behind closed doors to pick a speaker. They are down to eight candidates after Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Pa.) dropped out last night.


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UPDATE As of 12:30 p.m. ET Oct. 20, 2023 | Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has lost a third vote for House speaker.  Several alternative GOP candidates are already preparing to launch bids for the job.


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UPDATE As of 6:30 p.m. ET Oct. 18, 2023 | Chaos continues as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has now failed to achieve the speakership in two successive votes on the House floor.


Particularly, Jordan lost support between the votes, with fewer Republicans supporting him today than yesterday.


Currently, it is unclear whether any Republican can muster enough support to win the speakership. As of early this afternoon, the House remains paralyzed- unable to consider or advance any legislation until a speaker has been selected.


Some House Republicans are debating a vote to expand the limited powers granted to Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), but this move would not be without its own challenges.


Rumors of a coalition government are also persistent; however, there has not been any public show of support for such a plan.


We remain in limbo in Washington, but NSBA is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates as they become available.


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UPDATE As of 1:33 p.m. ET Oct. 18, 2023 | Rep. Jordan has officially lost a second vote in his bid for speaker.


The Ohio Republican received 199 votes. House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries received 212 votes. Twenty-two Republicans cast their ballot for someone else.


Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry gaveled the House into recess.


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Following the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) from his Speakership on Oct. 5, House Republicans again began the process of electing a Speaker.



After first running Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), who failed to garner the 217 required votes to secure his nomination, the GOP then attempted to run Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who fell 20 votes short of the procedural threshold.


With the House split 221 Republicans to 212 Democrats, only four defector votes can be spared in the majority’s attempts to secure a new Speaker.


Moving into the second business week of no Speaker in the House, Republicans once more attempted to run Chairman Jordan (R-Ohio) today, with the vote again coming up short.

The vote remains open, but is expected to fail.


Follow NSBA as we track the proceedings for Speaker nominations within the Republican party that are expected to continue through this week.

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