House Republicans Consider Expanding Powers for Temporary Speaker Amid Speaker Nominee Struggles

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The GOP-led House is exploring the possibility of granting broader powers to temporary Speaker Patrick McHenry (R-NC) as they grapple with challenges in electing a full-time Speaker. This decision arose during a GOP conference meeting, with the timing of the vote and specifics of the resolution yet to be determined. McHenry has been serving as speaker pro tempore after the removal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), but doubts persist about the scope of an acting speaker’s authority. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the GOP nominee, faced difficulties in House floor votes and decided to support McHenry as interim speaker until January, allowing time to garner support for his candidacy. The move to empower McHenry has garnered mixed opinions within the Republican party.