Support is growing for a proposal that would give power to House Speaker Patrick McHenry, who serves as speaker pro tempore, after Jordan failed to win the votes needed to become speaker.
Mr. McHenry was appointed speaker pro tempore by former Speaker Kevin McCarthy under rules adopted by the House after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But given the unprecedented nature of McCarthy’s firing, it’s unclear how much power McHenry has.
Since assuming the role, the North Carolina Republican has limited his actions to giving the House the gavel both in and out of session and overseeing the election of a new speaker. So is heformer Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will vacate their offices in the Capitol.
But with the House deadlocked, some Republicans, including two former House speakers, believe the House should act to expand Mr. McHenry’s powers.
“By electing Congressman McHenry as Speaker pro tempore, the House will continue to vote to fund the government beyond the end of the current fiscal year,” Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania said in a statement Monday. We will be able to do so.”
Kelly introduced solution In that case, Chair McHenry would be elected on an interim basis until November 17 or until a new chair is elected, whichever comes first.he said in some words letter to colleague The congressman said McHenry is speaker pro tempore by designation and has limited powers. But by formally selecting him, the House would give McHenry the power to consider the bill.
Ohio Congressman Dave Joyce responded to Boehner’s social media post expressing support for McHenry’s mandate. I have written“It’s funny you say that…” Rep. Carlos Gimenez, a Florida Republican, opposes Jordan and says he won’t be persuaded to support the conservative. There is. posted on social media Urges McHenry to be given more authority.
Efforts to empower McHenry are likely to require support from House Democrats, who support a vote to expand McHenry’s powers to allow consideration of a limited legislative agenda. Some say so. Four Democratic members of the Problem Solvers Caucus signed a letter urging an immediate vote. proposal approved by the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of centrist Democrats.