U.S. House Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent out a letter announcing his bid for Speaker of the House. Jordan shared the letter addressed to Dear Colleague:
The American people have entrusted us to lead in the House of Representatives. Our majority has had success in the first nine months of the 118th Congress. We should be proud of what we have achieved together in these divided times.
But our work is not done. Far-left progressive policies are destroying our communities, our security, and our future. We have soaring crime across the country. We have an administration with open-border policies that have caused chaos and left our country vulnerable.
We’ve seen federal agencies turned on the American people silencing speech online, targeting parents at school board meetings, and flagging pro-life Catholics as potential threats and we’ve witnessed blatant double standards in federal law enforcement. We continue to spend too much money and Americans are suffering under President Biden’s economy.
The Republican majority must continue to address the issues that matter to the American people. We must address rising crime in major cities and reject soft-on-crime, pro-criminal policies. We must get our fiscal house in order and reduce spending so that we can leave more to the next generation than a crushing deficit. We must do our constitutional oversight of the federal bureaucracy to ensure they work for the American people not the other way around. And we must continue working to secure the border and protect our national security.
We agreed at the beginning of the Congress that there are three fundamental things the House must do: pass the bills that need to be passed, do the oversight, and rein in the spending.
Working with Chairman Green and our leadership, I helped to deliver the most significant legislative accomplishment this Congress: the strongest immigration and border enforcement bill ever. With other committee chairs and the members of the Judiciary Committee, I am doing the oversight and holding the Administration accountable. And I have been among the leaders in pushing for fiscal discipline my entire career.
We are at a critical crossroad in our nation’s history. Now is the time for our Republican conference to come together to keep our promises to Americans. The problems we face are challenging. but they are not insurmountable. We can focus on the changes that improve the country and unite us in offering real solutions. But no matter what we do, we must do it together as a conference. I respectfully ask for your support for Speaker of the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, the House voted to remove Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as Speaker of the House. U.S. House Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) brought forth the resolution to hold a vote to remove McCarthy after he failed to keep his word on the budget.
Gaetz was joined by 7 other Republicans and all House Democrats who voted to remove McCarthy. McCarthy reported Tuesday evening that he wouldn’t make an attempt at the position again. U.S. House Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) was nominated as speaker pro tempore until another is chosen.
The task now before the Republicans is to find a leader who both sides of the party can be happy with, Jordan may just be the one.
Jordan has served in the House of Representatives since 2007 and currently chairs the Judiciary Committee. A vote is expected to come quickly so that the House can return to normal business. We will see if Jordan can unite Republicans.