During a closed-door vote on Wednesday, Majority Leader Steve Scalise was nominated by the GOP to be the next House Speaker.
Multiple lawmakers told The Hill that Scalise won the nomination in a 113-99 vote, defeating House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan.
Scalise will now face a House floor vote, going against Democrat nominee Hakeem Jeffries, who was nominated by Democrats on Tuesday night. The House minority leader was the Democrat nominee during January’s voting sessions, which saw 15 rounds of voting before now-ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was elected.
A source familiar with the matter said that Republican Reps. Frank Lucas, Ashley Hinson, and John James officially nominated Scalise during the meeting.
In a letter given to colleagues announcing his run last week, Scalise said "God already gave me another chance at life. I believe we were all put here for a purpose. This next chapter won’t be easy, but I know what it takes to fight and I am prepared for the battles that lie ahead. I humbly ask you for your support on this mission to be your Speaker of the House."
"While we have made tremendous progress so far this Congress and have demonstrated that we can unite against failing liberal policies, more work needs to be done. We have an extremely talented Conference, and we all need to come together and pull in the same direction to get the country back on the right track."
"Now is not the time to slow down. We are conducting critical oversight of a corrupt administration. We are in the midst of considering individual appropriations bills in an open and transparent process, with Members from across the Conference offering amendments to ensure their constituents and districts are represented," Scalise wrote.
According to USA Today, House Republicans could move as early as Wednesday afternoon to hold a speaker election on the floor.
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