published : 2023-10-13

House Chaos Continues as Scalise Withdraws from Speaker Race: What's Next?

Uncertainty looms over the timing of the speaker vote

A photo of Steve Scalise with a determined expression, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Republican House Majority Leader Steve Scalise has stunned the political arena by withdrawing from the speaker race after failing to secure enough votes, despite receiving the initial GOP nomination.

As the House stands still, Republicans are now scrambling to elect a new speaker.

Scalise, R-La., spent days trying to bolster his support among Republicans, but ultimately bowed out of the race late Thursday.

A meeting of the House GOP is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday to discuss conference rules, where the hope is to work towards a consensus for the next speaker candidate.

However, the timeline for choosing a new speaker remains uncertain, with freshman Rep. Max Miller of Ohio suggesting that the process could stretch into the weekend.

An image of the House GOP meeting behind closed doors, featuring Jim Jordan at the center of attention, taken with a Nikon D850

In the wake of Scalise's withdrawal, speculation arises regarding the identity of the next potential Republican speaker candidate.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, emerges as a likely nominee, having been a rival to Scalise in the speaker race.

Following former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's removal from his position, GOP lawmakers are now considering their support for Jordan, although garnering the necessary 217 votes among Republicans may prove challenging for him.

Amid the ongoing discussions and negotiations, the urgency to elect a speaker grows, as emphasized by Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.

Despite mounting pressure to make an announcement, Jordan refrains from commenting on whether he intends to run for the speaker position again.

A photo capturing the uncertainty and tense atmosphere in the House, with Republican lawmakers engaged in negotiations, taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III

Certain members of the GOP caucus advocate for continuous meetings until a speaker is chosen, even if it means sacrificing the weekend.

Scalise continues to individually engage with Republicans in an effort to gain their support, but it is apparent that the road ahead is long and arduous.

With no clear speaker nominee in sight, uncertainty prevails regarding when the House will hold a vote to determine the new speaker.