Jordan Fails on Second Speaker Vote as Republican Division Grows
The House of Representatives has failed to agree on a second Speaker of the House in the event of the death or resignation of the current speaker, Paul Ryan. As Republican divisions continue to grow within the House, the effort to find someone to replace Ryan in a timely manner is now at a standstill.
All parties had been in talks for the past two weeks to determine a second Speaker of the House in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, during the most recent vote on the issue, only 117 votes were secured in favor of Jordan. In order for the motion to pass, 218 votes were needed, leaving the resolution still up in the air.
Many Republicans had expressed support for Jordan, with some believing his availability as Speaker of the House could have greatly reduced the tensions among party members. However, it appears that differences of opinion on how to proceed could not be resolved. Instead, Republicans were left divided between those who favored Jordan and those who did not.
Despite the major setback, both Republicans and Democrats are determined to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. With tensions between the parties still running high, some worry that an inability to agree on a second Speaker would only add to the chaos.
It was hoped that the election of a second Speaker of the House could help unify the party and prevent further division. However, with this failure, many Republicans now fear a complete split within the party.
The lack of agreement on a second Speaker was a major blow to the Republican Party. It is now up to the members to put aside their differences and find a resolution before the next election. It will likely prove an uphill battle, but it is vital that they find common ground in order to ensure the future of the party.