Having a majority in the House and therefore responsible for electing the president, the conservatives have for two weeks been exposing their divisions in broad daylight in the process of nominating a successor to Kevin McCarthy.
- Jim Jordan nominated as Republican nominee for Speaker of the House
- Trump supports Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House representatives
- The leader of the House of Representatives has been impeached, a first in the United States
- Analysis | Sabotage by the radical fringe of the Republican camp
After numerous very sluggish negotiations, the elected representative of Ohio Jim Jordan, very close to Donald Trump and member of the most conservative fringe of the party, is currently the only Republican candidate in the running.
But he did not manage to win the support of enough of his peers to reach the perch during a vote in plenary session in the hemicycle.
Twenty Republican elected officials, mainly moderates who criticize Jim Jordan from extreme positions voted against his candidacy.
A notable fact pointed out by his detractors: elected to Congress in 2006, Jim Jordan has never managed to pass the slightest bill in his name. And he is, according to several rankings, considered one of the least productive elected officials in the House.
This election could, however, last several days: the speaker dismissed , Kevin McCarthy, had to fight for 15 laps and swallow more than one snake to reach the perch in January.
The Republicans want at all costs to avoid reliving this humiliating sequence, captured at the beginning of the year by televisions across the country. For the moment, in vain.
The Senate mobilizes for Israel
In an institution still marked by the assault on the Capitol, the Democrats denounce as for them, the ambiguous positioning of Jim Jordan on the 2020 presidential election, an election that former President Donald Trump still describes, without proof, as “stolen”.
The elected officials of Joe Biden's party, in the minority in the House, all lined up behind the candidacy of their leader, Hakeem Jeffries, but did not have enough votes to win him the presidency.
The pressure for the House to get back into working order is all the greater as the Senate is already preparing a large envelope for Israel.
This will contain “military, diplomatic, humanitarian and intelligence — all the things Israel needs,” Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday, hoping to pass it “within the next few weeks.”
The Senate must also consider a resolution condemning Hamas and debate Wednesday the confirmation of a new ambassador to Israel.
“As Israel's closest ally, the United States must set an example by supporting the actions that “he poses to defend himself for as long as it takes”, underlined his Republican leader, Mitch McConnell.