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Effort to empower interim Speaker McHenry gains steam as Jordan momentum stalls

A key moderate Republican leader is looking to introduce a resolution on Wednesday temporarily expanding the powers of interim House Speaker Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., after two weeks of gridlock without a leader.

McHenry was chosen by ex-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., to serve as speaker pro tempore if he were ever ousted, which he was earlier this month in a House majority vote by eight Republicans and all Democrats.

Now, Rep. Dave Joyce, R-Pa., chairman of the Republican Governance Group, is calling to flesh out McHenry’s role in leadership, particularly in light of the urgency for Congress to approve aid for Israel as it fights a bloody war with terror group Hamas.

A source familiar with the matter told Fox News Digital that Joyce hopes to introduce a resolution to do so Wednesday.

It’s not immediately clear how long the resolution would last before a new speaker election is needed, or if Joyce specifically has been part of the “informal” talks. His office did not immediately answer those questions when reached for comment on Wednesday morning.

Punchbowl News, which broke the resolution first, reported that Joyce hoped to introduce it after the 11 a.m. vote for speaker. 

If it’s introduced as a privileged resolution — one of the only viable courses for action with the House paralyzed — lawmakers would have to vote on it or vote to kill its momentum somehow within two legislative days.

Fox News Digital has reached out to McHenry’s office for comment.

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.

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