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House Republicans introduce dueling proposals as GOP scrambles to select new speaker

A pair of amendments offered to the House GOP rules show just how divided the conference is as it gets ready to elect a new speaker.

Just as Republicans began to gather for their candidate forum on Tuesday, an expected amendment by Rep. Chip Roy was circulated to lawmakers aimed at raising the threshold to put up a speaker candidate to 217 votes — a House majority. 

Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., was elected by a majority vote in the conference after enduring 15 rounds to finally win the gavel in January.

House Republicans are expected to hear from the two formally declared candidates for speaker, Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., and Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Tuesday night. They are set to huddle behind closed doors again on Wednesday morning to select a candidate for speaker.

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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