Boehner: Confident We Will Elect a New Speaker Within Weeks

Katie Pavlich
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Posted: Oct 08, 2015 1:55 PM
Boehner: Confident We Will Elect a New Speaker Within Weeks

House Speaker John Boehner is confident the House will elect a new Speaker soon after news broke earlier today Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will no longer pursue the position. 

“After Leader McCarthy’s announcement, members of the House Republican Conference will not vote today for a new Speaker. As I have said previously, I will serve as Speaker until the House votes to elect a new Speaker," Boehner said. "We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new Speaker in the coming weeks. Our conference will work together to ensure we have the strongest team possible as we continue to focus on the American people’s priorities.” 

Congressmen Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy have already made clear they will not put their name in the race for Speaker. Jason Chaffetz said today he will stay in the race, but didn't sound confident he is the man for the job.