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NOW: Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, again failed to win the speakership in a third round of voting. The Ohio Republican has vowed to stay in the race for the speaker’s gavel despite steep resistance and losing two votes earlier this week.
The numbers: There were 25 House Republicans who voted for someone other than Jordan, who could only lose 5 votes today due to the roll call vote absences. He lost 22 votes on the second round of voting and 20 on the first.
Interim option scrapped: After a conference meeting Thursday, House Republicans said a resolution to temporarily expand the powers of interim Speaker Patrick McHenry had been scrapped and that they will instead go forward with more floor votes for Jordan.
What’s at stake: The House, which has been without a speaker for more than two weeks after Kevin McCarthy’s historic ouster, remains effectively frozen — a dire situation as Congress faces a government funding deadline in November and as crisis unfolds abroad in Ukraine and with Israel’s war against Hamas.

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