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The House speaker's race hits an impasse as defeated GOP Rep. Jim Jordan wants to try again
Refusing to drop out, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has brought the House speaker’s race to a stalemate
WASHINGTON (AP) — Refusing to drop out, Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has brought the House speaker's race to a stalemate — the hard-fighting ally of Donald Trump has been unable to win the gavel but he and his far-right allies won't step aside for a more viable GOP nominee.
The House is tentatively set to convene sometime Thursday afternoon for Jordan to try again.
But there's a sinking realization that the House could remain endlessly stuck, out of service and without a leader for the foreseeable future as the Republican majority spirals deeper into dysfunction. The impasse has left some Republican lawmakers settling in for a protracted stretch without a House speaker.
“I think clearly Nov. 17 is a real date,” said Rep. Kevin Hern, R-Okla., who leads a large conservative caucus, referring to the next deadline for Congress to approve funding or risk a federal government shutdown.