House meets quorum as Jordan’s third speaker vote gets underway

The House convened on Friday for Republican Speaker nominee Jim Jordan’s third ballot attempt at ascending to the top spot in the lower chamber.

The lower chamber met quorum — the minimum number of members to operate on official business — with at least one Republican out.

Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis., flew to Israel amid the war with Hamas on a fact-finding mission as the House continues to search for a new speaker.

His absence leaves Jordan with new numbers to work with ahead of his third push to take the speaker’s gavel.

Several members of the House Republican conference vote for speaker candidates other than the GOP nominee, meaning Jordan has to flip several members of his party if he hopes to grab the gavel.

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