3 Republicans in Texas Reject Jim Jordan in the First Round for House Speaker

Three Republicans from Texas are among the 20 members of the House who have so far stopped Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan from becoming Speaker of the House. A big deal is that those three Republicans from Texas have a lot of power over Congress’s spending power. The only thing Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Waxahachie, could say as he left the House room was “No comment.”

It was the same for Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-San Antonio, as well. When reporters asked him about Jordan’s bid for Speaker after the first round of votes, he didn’t answer. The important appropriations committee has both Gonzales and Ellzey on it. These three people voted against Jordan, along with their leader, Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth. Reporters say Granger also didn’t answer their questions.

The rest of the Texas Republicans who were voting did so for the Ohio member. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, said, “If you had asked someone that question four years ago, they would have laughed at you.” Jim got 200 votes for Speaker of the House. At the end of the day, people are now able to—I mean, they’re out there telling their voters whether they’re for or against him. We can all say that.

Even Jordan’s biggest fans in the Texas congressional delegation didn’t think he’d win the first time, but they’re still hoping that he will in the end. “He has the edge, and I think they know that.” It’s been two weeks and thirteen days since we started. Before the vote, Rep. Keith Self, R-Plano, told Spectrum News, “We have a continuing resolution that runs out in November.” “People are beginning to understand how important it is to get back to work.”

There were some House Republicans from Texas who voted for Jordan even though he said in January that he didn’t want the speaker’s gavel. In the end, they voted for Kevin McCarthy of California. Self was one of them.

“Most of the calls to my office have been for Jim Jordan.” It was mostly calls for Jim Jordan—about 80% to 90% of the time. Because they know how conservative he is at his core. Self said, “He is a movement conservative, not someone who just goes with the flow.” Jordan helped to start the hardline House Freedom Caucus and members of the group from Texas are now fully behind him.

“The people in our 14th District in Texas are very conservative.” Right before the vote, Freedom group member Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, said, “Jim Jordan is the third most popular politician in our district.” “First on the list is President Trump. Second is my bride Brenda Gail. Third is Jim Jordan, and fourth is me.”

This comes almost two weeks after Jordan made his case at a normal luncheon for Republicans in Texas. “It makes sense to work as a group. You know, having a majority doesn’t mean anything if you don’t work together as a group. RIghts. Rep. Beth Van Duyne said this. When asked about her worries, Van Duyne said she would support the Republican nominee, no matter who it is.

I only want responsible government, and as a speaker, I want to make sure that we are being financially conservative. I want us to look at how much ridiculous, out-of-control spending we’ve seen and do everything we can to cut it back. Also, take a look at what’s going on at our border, she said. How long does the head of the Judiciary keep trying? That is the main question now.

“I don’t see how he can get better if he gets 21 no’s.” Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said, “I think we’ll probably start meeting later.” “The wild card for me is McCarthy coming back.” McCaul is the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and his main job is to help the U.S.’s war-torn friends.

“I plan to meet with the White House to talk about adding a note for Israel to a possible authorization to use military force.” All of this is happening. We look bad if we don’t have a voice in the chair. “We need to fix this right away,” he said.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Cleburne, chair of the Small Business Committee, was asked if the crazy race for Speaker makes Republicans look bad. He said he thinks people are more interested in things like the economy.

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