Democrats Sabotage House Republicans Plan For New Speaker

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( – On Friday, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) stated that it was necessary to have bipartisanship in the selection of the House Speaker, however, he also pointed out that the recent choice of the House GOP for the position was not the right choice.

Earlier that day House Republicans had decided to choose Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to act as the party’s nominee. This decision was made a day after the original nominee, Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) , had opted to drop out of the race.

Jeffries told reporters that the Speaker chosen needed to be a representative of the people and not of the “chaos caucus.” This was a reference to the House Freedom Caucus. As he argued Jordan who is the chairman of the Judiciary is an “extremist extraordinaire” and “defender” of “dysfunction.” He added that his focus was on dividing the American people and perpetuating conspiracy theories.

Scalise, who had originally gained the Republican nomination, opted to drop out of the Speakership race as he claimed he would have a hard time winning the 217 votes necessary to become the House Speaker. Jeffries noted that the Republicans needed to find a more traditional party member to nominate in the race.

He added that it was the responsibility of the party in control to find a Speaker from their own rank. He also pushed that a bipartisan coalition was necessary and that the Democrats were willing to work with the Republicans. As he pointed out there were more traditional Republicans who were willing to see the government function well but have been unable to do that because of the extremists in their conference.

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