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Steve Scalise Receives GOP Nomination for House Speaker But Lacks Votes to Clinch the Job

HeadlineOct 12, 2023

Here in the United States, House Republicans have nominated Majority Leader Steve Scalise to be the next speaker of the House, following Kevin McCarthy’s ouster last week. But Scalise doesn’t appear to have enough support to win the 217 floor votes needed to secure the position. A number of Republicans have said they will vote for Ohio Congressmember Jim Jordan, who was also vying for the leadership position, or for Kevin McCarthy. During his time as a state lawmaker in Louisiana, Scalise spoke as a guest at a white supremacist group. He once told a reporter he was like “David Duke without the baggage” — a reference to the Louisiana politician and Klu Klux Klan leader. The House will not be able to resume legislative business until a new speaker is elected, including work on a bill to keep the government funded beyond November 17.

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