October 2023

Mike Johnson Faces Mounting To-Do List in First Full Week as Speaker

House Speaker Mike Johnson faces a growing to-do list during his first full week as speaker, tackling must-pass spending legislation, as well as aid requests to Israel and Ukraine amid foreign wars.  When lawmakers reconvene Wednesday night, the House is expected to begin votes on three of its must-pass appropriations bills, with no plan yet to advance a stopgap […]

Freedom Caucus: Cancel Recess Unless Speaker Is Elected

House Republicans in the conservative Freedom Caucus are demanding party leaders cancel their upcoming two-week recess until lawmakers can elect a new speaker.  The House is scheduled to adjourn on Friday and not return until the second week of November, leaving lawmakers with only two weeks to pass some sort of spending bill to avoid a […]

Jordan Pledges to Unite Republicans as He Seeks Speaker Vote

Ahead of a critical floor vote, Rep. Jim Jordan, the Republican nominee for House speaker, promised to unite the conference and not simply govern as a hardline conservative.  “The role of a speaker is to bring all Republicans together. That’s what I intend to do,” Jordan wrote in a letter to fellow GOP lawmakers.  Republicans are heading […]

Scalise Struggling to Secure GOP Votes for Speakership

Speaker-designate Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is struggling to win the support he will need to be elected to the top spot on the House floor.  At least seven Republicans say they plan to back someone other than Scalise; at least six others say they are undecided; and some have declined to comment on who they will stand […]

Trump Not Visiting Capitol Hill Amid GOP Speaker Drama

Former President Trump will not travel to Capitol Hill this week as House Republicans scramble to determine the next speaker. It was reported that Trump and his team were discussing a possible trip to Capitol Hill amid the debate over the next speaker, but no such visit was ever finalized. Several Republicans last week floated […]

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