House Republican supporters of a resolution to temporarily empower interim Speaker Patrick McHenry are working to maximize GOP votes and educate members about the effort, multiple sources tell CNN.
This comes as Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s allies have been actively trying to sink such a measure, deriding it as an abuse of power or an example of “coalition government.”
Because of the intraparty divisions, Democratic support would likely be needed to approve the measure. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries told CNN earlier today that his caucus has not yet made a decision on whether they'd back such a temporary solution.
But GOP proponents of the resolution want to have as much Republican buy-in as possible before they bring it to the floor, in order to guard against accusations that it’s a Democratic solution to their speaker impasse.
Republican Rep. Dave Joyce of Ohio has been leading the charge over the effort. He was expected force a floor vote on a resolution as early as today but held off. After Jordan’s second failed floor vote for the speakership, Joyce told CNN he wants to have a meeting of the House GOP Conference to combat misinformation and make his case for the idea before his colleagues.
Joyce’s resolution, according to sources familiar with it, would empower McHenry until either early January or until a new permanent speaker is elected.
Empowering McHenry would expand his abilities beyond just administering a speaker vote to potentially moving legislation through the chamber, although the exact specifics aren't clear.
McHenry has been serving as interim speaker since Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the position earlier this month.