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Calls swell for House GOP to pick new speaker ‘immediately’ as Israel crisis unfolds

Pressure to aid Israel in its war against Hamas could force a highly fractured House Republican conference to quickly choose a new leader, multiple GOP lawmakers indicated to Fox News Digital. 

“As we’ve witnessed these unfolding horrors in Israel, American leadership is needed on the world stage now more than ever,” Rep. Nick Langworthy, R-N.Y., said. “Congress must get back to work and elect a speaker immediately… We can only have peace through American strength.”

Nine Americans and hundreds of Israeli civilians and soldiers are dead after a surprise attack by Hamas militants over the weekend. Israel has responded with aggressive and deadly strikes on the Gaza Strip.

The tragedy and turmoil also shined a light on the political chaos unfolding in the U.S. after the House of Representatives voted to remove a speaker for the first time in history on Tuesday.

Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, emphasized that Congress could move critical aid faster with an elected speaker in place. 

“We have to get a speaker elected this week so we can get things to the floor like replenishing the Iron Dome, get a resolution that ranking member (Rep. Gregory) Meeks and I have been working on – a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas for what they have done to Israel,” McCaul told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have to get that message out as soon as possible.”

Elizabeth Elkind is a reporter for Fox News Digital focused on Congress as well as the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and politics. Previous digital bylines seen at Daily Mail and CBS News.

Follow on Twitter at @liz_elkind and send tips to elizabeth.elkind@fox.com

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