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9. Facing GOP pushback, Jim Jordan scraps plan to empower McHenry
Thu Oct 19, 2023, 04:30 PM
Oct 2023

Jordan is blocking this plan


Under the plan Jordan was willing to endorse, the House would empower acting Speaker Pro Tem Patrick McHenry until early January. This would, among other things, allow the chamber to function, vote on legislation, prevent a government shutdown, etc. It wasn’t ideal, but with the Ohio Republican’s backing, this appeared to be a solution that would, at least temporarily, limit some of the GOP-imposed chaos on Capitol Hill.

Three hours later, the plan was dead. NBC News reported:

Jordan told reporters this afternoon that GOP members decided a resolution to empower McHenry “wasn’t where we’re going to go.” .... “We made the pitch to members on the resolution as a way to lower the temperature and get back to work. We decided that wasn’t where we’re going to go,” Jordan said.

There’s no great mystery as to why Jordan reversed course between the late-morning and the early-afternoon: A whole lot of House Republicans told the would-be speaker that they really hated this idea....

Usually, congressional Republicans join the leadership, and then their members start rejecting their plans and ideas. Jim Jordan hasn’t made it to the leadership, and GOP members are already rejecting his plans and ideas.
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