Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) secured the backing of another Republican holdout in his effort to become the next Speaker of the House.
Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers announced Monday that he would support Jordan's nomination despite previously opposing him.
Leading moderate who vowed to oppose Jordan flips in major victory for speaker nominee https://t.co/WHKXCM7Eev
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 16, 2023
"Rogers was a major opponent of Jordan's push for speaker, so his flip is a big win for the Republican speaker nominee," Fox News reported.
"In fact, Rogers was adamant about not supporting Jordan for speaker, even saying last week that 'there was nothing that Jordan could do to get his support as speaker of the House,'" it added.
Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., told reporters Friday that Rep. Jim Jordan couldn't do anything to win his support for House speaker. Monday, after Rogers spoke with Jordan about several policy areas, that all changed. https://t.co/ZS030lVNTR
— Ken McIntyre (@KenMac55) October 17, 2023
“We agreed on the need for Congress to pass a strong [National Defense Authorization Act], appropriations to fund our government’s vital functions and other important legislation like the Farm Bill,” Rogers wrote on social media.
“As a result, I have decided to support Jim Jordan for Speaker of the House on the floor," he continued.
The House could vote as early as Tuesday on Jordan's nomination as the next House Speaker. So far, Jordan needs to win over more Republican holdouts to secure the majority needed.
His nomination excelled after Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) withdrew following too many Republicans opposing his nomination.
The effort continues following Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) pushing for a vote that led to an early departure from the role by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
Jordan's move to become speaker would add a strong pro-Trump voice as the House's leader, potentially paving the way for a Congress more favorable to Trump's return to office if he is able to win his 2024 comeback bid for president.