October 24, 2023 - Rep. Mike Johnson selected as next speaker nominee

By Mike Hayes, Shania Shelton and Jack Forrest, CNN

Updated 9:09 a.m. ET, October 25, 2023
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8:58 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

GOP Rep. Rick Allen says he confronted Emmer about the former speaker designee's vote for gay marriage

From CNN's Melanie Zanona

Rep. Rick Allen said that he told now-former House Speaker designee Tom Emmer that he opposed the Minnesota Republican's bid for the gavel because of Emmer voted to codify same-sex marriage.

“[Emmer] asked us to come down and ask to speak to why we could not support him” in his quest for the gavel, Allen said. 

“And here’s what I said: I said ‘Jesus spelled out exactly what marriage looks like,'" the Georgia Republican said.

“I basically shared with him my thoughts on many votes he’s taken. And you know, I don’t criticize anybody for votes they take, but as far as for me voting for the leader of our conference, that’s a different matter,” Allen said. “I told him it wasn’t between he and I. It was between he and the teachings of Jesus Christ.” 

Allen didn’t say that a candidate had to vote for the same religious principles that he does, but “if I vote for them, then that means I approve.”

8:50 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

Rep. Waltz warns if GOP doesn't coalesce around a speaker, someone will cut deal with Democrats

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Manu Raju

Waltz talks with CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday, October 24.
Waltz talks with CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday, October 24. CNN

House GOP Rep. Mike Waltz warned that the Republican conference needs to coalesce around a candidate for speaker or they risk someone making a deal with the Democrats.

“We need to get our act together, as we say in the army, get our head out of our rear,” he told CNN’s Manu Raju. “My fear is that if we keep doing this somebody is going to end up siding with the Democrats as the original eight did but this time it is going to be for basically handing over our majority. And that’s not what we were elected to do.”

Eight House Republicans, led by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, joined Democrats in voting to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy earlier this month, leaving the House speakerless now for three weeks with little to no progress made in electing a new one.

Waltz added, “This is beyond frustrating. There are no differences in any Republicans in this room. I mean they pale in comparison to the progressives.”

8:13 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

Rep. Williams outlines his pitch for GOP's speaker nomination ahead of secret-ballot vote

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Manu Raju

Williams talks with reporters on Tuesday, October 24.
Williams talks with reporters on Tuesday, October 24. CNN

Republican Rep. Roger Williams, who is running for speaker, outlined his pitch to the conference ahead of Tuesday night's secret-ballot vote and said that he’s confident somebody in the House GOP can reach the requisite votes on the House floor to become speaker. 

“My whole pitch was a business pitch. I’m a business guy. Still own a business,” the chair of the House Small Business Committee told CNN. 

When asked by CNN if he thinks the nominee should have 217 votes in conference before going to the floor, Williams said if someone gets close, they should head to a floor vote. 

“It’s nice if you can have it, but you get close I think you probably need to go see what’ll happen. We’ve had a lot of things happen the last four days. And 217 is hard to get to. But somebody, we’ve got somebody in that room I firmly believe can get to 217,” the Texas Republican said.

Asked if he can reach that number, Williams said: “Well that’s why I’m running. I think I can. But we’ll see.”

8:07 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

Some lawmakers split over potential McCarthy-Jordan unity ticket idea

From CNN's Melanie Zanona 

Rep. Cory Mills told CNN he would “never” support a Kevin McCarthy-Jim Jordan unity ticket, calling such an arrangement “unconstitutional.”

A unity ticket with the former House speaker back in his role and Jordan as McCarthy's deputy is actively being discussed between McCarthy allies and Jordan allies a solution for a fractured GOP conference.

Mills, a Florida Republican, is backing Rep. Byron Donalds for speaker but would not commit to backing whoever the next nominee is. 

However, Rep. Carlos Gimenez, also a Florida Republican, told CNN he would support a McCarthy-Jordan unity ticket. He voted against Jordan on the floor last week but noted he has “always” wanted McCarthy back as speaker. He also confirmed it’s an idea he has heard about. 

7:57 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

House GOP will hold a roll-call vote behind closed doors tomorrow to see if nominee can get to 217

From CNN's Manu Raju

House Republicans will start multiple rounds of secret-ballot voting tonight behind closed doors at 8 p.m. ET to nominate a speaker designee.

House Republicans will then leave for the night and are expected back at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow. That's when the conference will hold a roll-call vote behind closed doors to see if the nominee can secure the 217 votes to win the gavel.

South Carolina Rep. Ralph Norman said, “I think we’ll have a nominee tonight.” 

He said if their designee can get to 217 during the Wednesday morning vote, they’ll go to the floor for an official vote in front of the entire House. 

Tennessee Rep. Tim Burchett echoed Norman, and dismissed the idea of a shared Kevin McCarthy-Jim Jordan unity ticket that has been floated by some lawmakers, saying “that’s not going to happen.”

“That’s a bad idea. Where’s that even allowed?” he said.

7:40 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

McCarthy-Jordan GOP unity ticket could pick up steam, sources say

From CNN's Melanie Zanona

The idea of a Republican House speaker unity ticket with former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy as speaker and Jim Jordan as his deputy is actively being discussed between McCarthy allies and Jordan allies, sources tell CNN, who think it could gain steam if the GOP once again fails to reach consensus tonight. 

Under the arrangement being discussed and pitched to members, McCarthy would run as speaker while vowing to make Jordan his “assistant speaker” if elected — a made-up and largely symbolic position, but one former Speaker Nancy Pelosi once previously bestowed on one of her deputies. 

Jordan could maintain his powerful role as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, according to a source familiar with the strategizing. 

Still, the idea seen as a long shot — but could theoretically be a way to unite the badly divided wings of the party, sources said. 

6:58 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

All current speaker candidates objected to certifying 2020 election

From CNN's Haley Talbot

All five candidates for speaker this round objected to certifying the 2020 election. 

Speaker designee Tom Emmer saw his bid for speaker slip away in part because of his vote to certify the election, which came up behind closed doors, as he looked to win over hardline conservatives.

7:06 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

Republican from swing district says current House chaos "hurts the whole Republican brand"

From CNN's Sam Fossum and Manu Raju

Williams speaks with CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday, October 24.
Williams speaks with CNN's Manu Raju on Tuesday, October 24. CNN

House Republican Rep. Brandon Williams, a freshman from a swing district in New York, said that the current chaos in the House hurts the GOP brand. 

“I think it hurts the whole Republican brand, whether it’s in a swing district or not. And the American people want confidence that we will govern, that we have responsible people to govern,” he told CNN’s Manu Raju.

He added: “But I believe in our conference, our ability to hold us together. I think we’re going to do it. It’s not pretty to see how the sausage is made, but I believe we’re going to get there.”

6:49 p.m. ET, October 24, 2023

White House chides "leaderless" House GOP for infighting

From CNN's Kayla Tausche

The White House called out House Republicans for failing to coalesce around a nominee for speaker and placed early blame on the GOP for a looming government shutdown set for November 17 if Congress can’t reach an agreement to extend federal funding. 

White House spokesman Andrew Bates, in a statement, said Republicans are opting to fight among themselves rather than consider a $105 billion supplemental spending proposal from President Joe Biden, which would support wars in Israel and Ukraine, fund US border security, and bolster Taiwan’s military readiness. 

“Now, the House GOP is mired in seemingly endless finger-pointing and competitions to take the most extreme positions imaginable, whether it’s backing radical nationwide abortion bans, gutting Medicare and Social Security benefits, opposing the right to marry, or supporting dangerous conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. Now we’re 24 days from a House Republican shutdown,” Bates said in the statement.