Jim Jordan speaker bid to face third House vote after GOP ditches plan to empower Patrick McHenry

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  • Rep. Jim Jordan's bid to become speaker will face a third House vote on Friday.
  • The Ohio Republican has already failed twice before the House
  • Jordan is unlikely to prevail in a third vote given a wall of opposition from at least 20 GOP lawmakers.
  • The decision to hold a third vote comes after the GOP ditched a plan to temporarily empower interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry.

The House of Representatives on Friday will vote for a third time on Rep. Jim Jordan's floundering bid the become the next speaker, a spokesperson for the Ohio Republican confirmed to CNBC.

The House will vote on Jordan at 10 a.m. ET, the spokesperson said.

The Ohio Republican's bid to secure the gavel failed in two separate votes this week. Jordan is unlikely to prevail in a third vote given that he faces a wall of opposition from 20 Republican lawmakers.

The decision to hold a third vote comes after GOP lawmakers ditched a plan to empower interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry to oversee the passage of legislation until January.

Jordan said he pitched that plan during a closed-door meeting but the Republican conference did not want to move forward with the idea.

"We decided that isn't where we're going to go," Jordan told reporters. "I'm still running for speaker, and I plan to go to the floor and get the votes and win this race."

Jordan had backed the plan to empower McHenry as a bridge that would allow the House to move forward with important legislation until the deeply divided Republican conference can coalesce around a permanent replacement.

Congress faces a ticking clock to pass spending legislation by Nov. 17 to avoid a government shutdown. President Joe Biden has also urged lawmakers to pass emergency security assistance for Israel as the Middle East descends into war.

The plan to empower McHenry was one potentially viable option to end the impasse in the closely divided House because Democrats had expressed openness to supporting the proposal.

But Jordan allies were furious at the plan to empower McHenry for exactly that reason.

"Expanding powers for a temporary Speaker is a dangerous precedent and exactly what the Democrats hoped would happen," said Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana in a post Thursday on "X."

Several other GOP lawmakers after leaving the conference meeting said the resolution was dead.

"Reading the room, this thing is dead," Rep. Vern Buchanan of Florida told reporters.

"It's pretty clear at our conference meeting that the resolution is not gonna be supported," said Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida. "So I think that's pretty much over."

"I don't think we're going to move forward on that resolution," said Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado.

McHenry said Thursday he has not spoken with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York or other Democrats about empowering him to oversee legislation.

"I'm focused on electing Jim Jordan, the speaker nominee, as speaker of the House. That's my goal, that's my purpose," the North Carolina Republican told reporters.

House Republicans have been unable to find a candidate with enough votes to become speaker more than two weeks after a faction of eight GOP lawmakers ousted Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California.

The House is paralyzed and unable to pass legislation until lawmakers elect a speaker.

The GOP has a narrow majority in the House, and in the absence of Democratic support any Republican speaker candidate can afford to lose only four votes from within their party.

So far, no Republican has been able to rally the party behind them. House Majority Leader Steve Scalise was the GOP's original nominee to replace McCarthy, but the Louisiana congressman was forced to drop his bid last week after it became clear he did not have the votes.

Jordan, who originally lost to Scalise in an internal party vote for the nomination, then threw his hat back in the ring.

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