Pelosi Jumps Into House Speaker Debate

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( – In a recent discussion on CNN, ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, voiced opposition to proposals from certain Republican members to expand the authority of the current Speaker Pro Tempore, Patrick McHenry, a Republican from North Carolina. This suggestion comes amid the GOP’s ongoing difficulty in naming a successor for the Speaker position.

Pelosi stressed that assigning “powers” isn’t feasible; rather, one must hold the Speaker’s position to wield its significant influence. This comes in response to suggestions from the Republican side to let McHenry take charge of legislative proceedings, at least until January, as the House surpasses two weeks without an official Speaker.

Despite the turmoil, Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, remains a prominent candidate for Speaker, dismissing the temporary empowerment of McHenry and affirming his intention to continue his candidacy. He expressed his commitment to gathering the necessary support to secure the position.

Adding to the party’s stance, Rep. Lisa McClain, a Republican from Michigan and secretary of the House GOP conference, noted that Jordan intends to engage with undecided Republicans before initiating a third voting round.

During her CNN appearance, Pelosi also expressed reservations about the duration and extent of the proposed powers for McHenry. She deferred to Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from New York, expressing full trust in his judgment.

Moreover, Pelosi emphasized the urgency of appointing a Speaker to address pressing global concerns, including the intensifying conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, ongoing issues in Ukraine, and other vital matters.

Commending President Biden’s diplomatic efforts in Israel, Pelosi highlighted his adept understanding of the U.S.-Israel relationship. She underscored the necessity of supporting Gaza’s citizens, urging Arab nations, particularly Egypt, to take a more proactive role, especially concerning humanitarian access.

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