In support of a plan to give Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry (R-NC) additional authority, Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) said this week that he will not run for Speaker of the House a third time.
Jordan faced immediate resistance from moderate New York Republicans and other House Appropriations Committee members, which resulted in his losing two votes for Speaker.
Although Jordan has a strong grassroots following, Breitbart News has shown how 22 House Republicans have prevented the Ohio Republican from holding the position of Speaker of the House:
Ken Klukowski, a senior law writer for Breitbart News, has written about how promoting McHenry could also give House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) more power:
“According to federal law under 3 U.S.C. § 19, the Speaker of the House assumes the role of Acting President ‘until the end of the then existing Presidential tenure’ in the event that both the sitting president as well as the Vice President are incapacitated. The Speaker is followed by the acting president of the Senate. Next are the Cabinet secretaries, in the sequence that Congress set up their offices, from the secretary of state to the secretary of homeland security.”
“However, neither Speaker Pro Tempore nor Acting Speaker may hold the position; only the genuine Speaker may. Thus, in the event that McHenry—or anybody else—begins serving in the Speaker’s chair in any capacity other than that of the legitimate Speaker chosen by a roll call vote of the House, the presidential powers would be passed through the House entirely after Biden and Harris, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in her capacity as Senate president pro tempore, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and Alejandro Mayorkas of Homeland Security after passing through Biden’s Cabinet. Aside from the Speaker, who was properly chosen by the Republican-majority House, everyone in that line-up is a Democrat.”
Ken Blackwell, the head of the Conservative Action Project and a former US ambassador, “claims that this would be a complete betrayal of the conservative platform that helped win the House majority. Republicans must see that the uni-party establishment is attempting to thwart an America First agenda that would halt the Biden plan and clear the path for the election of a new president in 2024, thereby preserving our constitutional republic.”