Republicans Exploring Deal With Democrats In House Speaker Battle

A recent report revealed that House Republicans are collaborating with the Democratic Party to prevent Jim Jordan (R-OH), the current Judiciary Committee Chair, from obtaining the position of House speaker.

NBC News has disclosed that Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) and several fellow Republicans have engaged in private meetings with Democrat House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) to explore potential strategies for preventing Jordan from attaining the 218 votes necessary to become the next House speaker. Achieving this goal would only require five Republicans to vote against him.

Rogers said, “They put us in this ditch along with eight traitors. We’re still the majority party; we’re willing to work with them, but they gotta tell us what they need.”

This Sunday, Jefferies confirmed that there have been collaborative efforts between parties to prevent Jordan from assuming the position previously held by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

During an interview with Meet the Press, Jefferies said, “There are informal conversations that have been underway. When we get back to Washington tomorrow, it’s important to begin to formalize those discussions.”

He continued, “From the very beginning of this Congress, House Democrats have made clear that we want to continue to put people over politics and to fight for things like lower costs, better-paying jobs, safer communities, and to build an economy that works from the middle out and the bottom up. On the other hand, House Republicans have been focused on fighting each other. It’s time to end the Republican civil war so we can get back to doing the business of the American people. And we as House Democrats are committed to finding that bipartisan path forward in a meaningful way.”

Rogers labeled the eight Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy as “traitors” and claimed they had caused paralysis within the Republican Party. He also reportedly expressed his unyielding stance against supporting Jordan’s bid for the speakership.

In contrast, McCarthy extended his complete endorsement to Jordan, stating his belief in the Ohio congressman’s capacity to excel in the role.

Jefferies attributed the delay in formal discussions to his “Republican colleagues.”