WASHINGTON D.C. (CBS) — GOP Rep. Jim Jordan's office said the third round of voting for House speaker will take place Friday morning at 10 a.m., and two hours earlier, at 8 a.m., Jordan will be holding a news conference.
The Ohio Republican is pressing on with his bid to become the next speaker of the House after a plan he supported to temporarily empower the interim speaker was met with opposition from his fellow GOP lawmakers on Thursday.
Republicans met on Capitol Hill to chart a path forward after Jordan fell short of the 217 votes needed to become speaker in the first two rounds of voting earlier in the week. Plans for a third vote Thursday were abandoned. Jordan told colleagues he would support a proposal to allow Speaker Pro Tempore Patrick McHenry to oversee the House until January while he remained in the race and tried to muster support.
But that idea was met with stiff opposition from dozens of GOP lawmakers and Jordan soon reversed course, saying he would instead move forward with another floor vote.
"We made the pitch to members on the resolution as a way to lower the temperature and get back to work. We decided that wasn't where we're going to go," he told reporters. "I'm still running for speaker and I plan to go to the floor and get the votes and win this race." The Ohio Republican said he wanted to "talk with the 20 individuals who voted against me so that we can move forward and begin to work for the American people." He met with the holdouts on Capitol Hill, and said the party is "trying to get unified as soon as we can." But there was no sign that he had changed any minds during the meeting. Rep. Carlos A. Giménez, one of Jordan's detractors, said he hasn't moved on his position. "We're still in the same spot. He doesn't have the votes to be speaker."