Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) who presides over the vote for Speaker of the House in the House of Representatives, speaks with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) inside the House Chamber at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2023. US lawmakers rejected hard-line conservative Jim Jordan’s bid for speaker of the House of Representatives in the first round of voting October 17, 2023, entrenching a stalemate that has paralyzed Washington for two weeks. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

by James Meyers


October 19, 2023

In a surprise move, Republican representative Jim Jordan will back a plan to temporarily empower interim speaker Patrick McHenry until January.

Jordan (R-Ohio.) canceled the third vote that was scheduled for Thursday, which now allows legislative affairs to resume in the face of two wars and a possible government shutdown in the future.

The decision comes after Jordan failed to receive 217 votes in the first two rounds. Instead, he fell short and landed 199 votes on Wednesday and 200 on Tuesday.

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