by Sharon Rondeau

(Jan. 3, 2023) — As of 4:09 p.m. EST, the U.S. House of Representatives is debating prior to casting its third round of ballots for a new Speaker after Rep. Kevin McCarthy twice failed to receive a 218-vote majority to secure the post.

While many, including Elise Stefanik and Steve Scalise, support McCarthy, 19 Republicans voted differently over policy and their views on who would make the best leader. All 19 support Jim Jordan, Fox News’s Chad Pergram reported at 4:13 p.m.

During the House debate, Jordan was nominated by Reps. Chip Roy and Matt Gaetz, while Democrats voiced their support for their previously-designated leader, Hakeem Jeffries.

Those convening are not yet sworn in, as there must be a Speaker to execute that task, Pergram said at 4:17 p.m.

“I’m told on the Republican side, there’s really nobody running the show,” Pergram expounded, whereas the Democrats have a plan for every member to remain in the chamber as the day and evening wear on.

“Nineteen might be really hard to overcome,” Pergram continued, recalling McCarthy’s previous unsuccessful run for Speaker in 2015 when John Boehner resigned from Congress. “That same fight” has reappeared, Pergram observed.

Without a Speaker, no business can take place, Pergram further explained, contrasting former Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi who “kept people together.”

The voting rounds follow a closed-door meeting McCarthy had with re-elected and newly-elected House members after which McCarthy resolved to continue his candidacy.

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