Democrats Take Advantage Of GOP’s House Speaker Issue

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( – On Sunday, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) stated that should the House GOP not manage to elect a House Speaker quickly they would need to reach a bipartisan deal with the Democrats in order for the chamber to continue running. It has been close to two weeks since Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was voted out of his office.

In an interview on CBS News “Face the Nation” Turner was asked whether there was a possibility for the Republicans to collaborate with the Democrats in order to find someone “mutually acceptable” to serve as the House Speaker. In response, Turner argued that while he would prefer for the GOP to find a solution and he supports Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) bid, it was possible that some hardline Republican members could force them to consider a bipartisan deal.

He proceeded to say that Jordan would be “an excellent Speaker” and that he would be able to get the 217 votes that were needed. However, even if that were not the case, there were other possible leaders in the House. He added that in the case where a few radical people in the Republican party made it impossible to start work in the House again then it would be necessary for them to make a deal with the Democrats.

McCarthy was voted out in a 216-210 vote, becoming the first House Speaker to ever be ousted from the position. In order for him to be voted out all Democrats and eight Republicans voted against him.

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