Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) confirmed Thursday that he would not seek a third vote to become Speaker of the House and would support a plan to grant more powers to Speaker pro tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC ).
Jordan lost two votes for speaker after facing rapid opposition from moderate New York Republicans and many members of the House Appropriations Committee.
Breitbart News documented how 22 House Republicans denied Jordan the chance to serve as Speaker of the House, despite overwhelming grassroots support for the Ohio Republican:
- Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) voted for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
- Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) voted for Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL)
- Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR) voted for McCarthy
- Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) voted for former Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
- Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) voted for House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA)
- Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-TX) voted for Rep. Mike Garcia (R-CA)
- Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) voted for Scalise
- Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY) voted for Zeldin
- Rep. Carlos Giminez (R-FL) voted for McCarthy
- Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) voted for Scalise
- Rep. John James (R-MI) voted for former Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI)
- Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) voted for former Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
- Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) voted for Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
- Rep. Granger voted for Scalise
- Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL) voted for Scalise
- Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) voted for Scalise
- Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) voted for Bruce Westerman (R-AR)
- Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) voted for House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (R-MN)
- Rep. Jen Kiggans (R-VA) voted for McCarthy
- Rep. Nick LaLota (R-NY) voted for Zeldin
- Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) voted for Scalise
- Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) voted for McCarthy
Breitbart News Senior Legal Contributor Ken Klukowski explained how McHenry’s elevation could also hold House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) accountable:
If something happens to the president and vice president, then federal law 3 USC § 19 states that the Speaker of the House becomes acting president “until the expiration of the then current presidential term.” After the President, it goes to the President pro tempore of the Senate, then to the Cabinet Secretaries in the order in which Congress created their departments, starting with the Secretary of State and ending with the Secretary of Homeland Security.
But it can only be a person with the real title of President, and not President Pro Tempore or Acting President. So if McHenry – or anyone else – is sitting in the Speaker’s chair as anything other than the actual President elected by a roll-call vote of the House, then after Biden and Harris, the powers of the presidency would bypass the House altogether, going to the Senate. Patty Murray (D-WA) as Senate President pro tempore, then to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, then to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and all the way through Biden’s Cabinet, to Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. All members of this list are Democrats, except for one president duly elected by the Republican-majority House.
“It would be a complete betrayal of the conservative agenda that won us the majority in the House,” said former U.S. Ambassador Ken Blackwell, president of the Conservative Action Project. “Republican members must see through this one-party establishment plot to block an ‘America First’ agenda that would save our constitutional republic by ending the Biden agenda and paving the way for the election of a new president in 2024.”
Sean Moran is a politics reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.