Jordan gears up for second round speaker vote with uncertain path forward
– Auburn University
Jordan is in the process of readying for a second round of voting on a new speaker in the House of Representatives. However, the path forward is uncertain as disagreements over key issues remain unresolved.
The most contentious issue appears to be the process for deciding on the new speaker. The House Democratic caucus is refusing to support a motion to allow the body to vote on an individual candidate. Instead they are pressing for retaining the closed leadership process that has been used since the 2015 election. This has effectively pitted the two parties against each other.
In order to break the stalemate, various compromise solutions have been proposed. These would include allowing for an open speaker vote while preserving some aspects of the current process, such as limiting candidates to those who are endorsed by caucuses.
Meanwhile, individual members of the House have been attempting to solicit support for their respective candidates for the speaker position. In the recent weeks, the number of Republicans and Democrats publicly backing their candidates has been diminishing in many parts of the state.
Given the current state of the situation, it is uncertain whether a successful vote can be reached in the near future. As such, the ultimate fate of the speaker race remains unclear.