The future of House Speaker nominee Steve Scalise is uncertain, as he faces opposition from both the left and the right of the Republican Party.
Scalise, the current Majority Leader, was nominated for Speaker on Wednesday in a close vote over Rep. Jim Jordan. However, he needs to get at least 217 votes in the full House to be officially elected Speaker, and it's unclear whether he can amass that kind of support from the GOP as infighting continues to roil the conference.
Scalise is seen as a more moderate Republican than Jordan, and he has been criticized by some members of the far-right for being too close to Kevin McCarthy, who resigned as Speaker earlier this month. Others have expressed concerns about Scalise's leadership style, and there is also some opposition to him from Democrats.
It's possible that Scalise could still be elected Speaker, but he will need to win over the support of a significant number of Republicans who are not yet committed to him. If he is unable to do so, the House could be facing a lengthy and chaotic process of electing a new Speaker.
Here are some possible outcomes for Scalise:
- He could be elected Speaker with the support of a majority of Republicans. This is the most likely outcome, but it is not guaranteed.
- He could be elected Speaker with the support of a minority of Republicans, but with the help of Democrats. This would be a more unusual outcome, but it is possible.
- He could fail to be elected Speaker at all. This would lead to a protracted and chaotic process of electing a new Speaker.
The outcome of Scalise's bid for Speaker will depend on a number of factors, including the ability of Republican leaders to unify the conference behind him, the level of support he receives from Democrats, and the willingness of some Republicans to vote for a Democratic Speaker if Scalise is unable to secure the necessary votes.
To learn more about Eco regulations read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
House Republicans are likely to meet behind closed doors on Thursday to try and hash out their differences ahead of a chamber-wide vote to elect the next speaker.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., won a closed-door conference vote on Wednesday afternoon to become the Republican majority’s next candidate for speaker.
But any confidence in a quick House vote to seal the deal dissipated quickly as several GOP lawmakers publicly announced they would not support him in a chamber-wide vote.