A day after announcing he will run for speaker of the House of Representatives after the November election, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., was interviewed on “Fox & Friends” to discuss his candidacy for leadership.
Jordan highlighted many of the successes of the Trump administration, including tax cuts and regulatory reform, but pointed to many of Congress’ failures as evidence that a change in leadership is needed.
“Repeal Obamacare, reform welfare, build the border security wall, fix our immigration system, and control spending — we haven’t done that,” Jordan said.
“I think this is real simple,” he added. “We make the job of being a member of Congress way too difficult. It’s really basic. What did you tell the voters you were going to do? Let’s do that.”
Jordan was asked how, as a Freedom Caucus conservative, he planned to win the support of moderate Republicans to be elected speaker.
“Right now, there’s just a handful of people at the top who make all the decisions, and that’s not fair to the 435 members of the Congress, not fair to the 240 members of the Republican conference,” Jordan said.
“We all represent three-quarters of a million people, and when you’ve got a couple people at the top making all the decisions … that is not how the place is supposed to work.”
As an example, he mentioned how there are nine committee chairmanships that will be opened up next year for new members of Congress. He argued that the members on those committees, not a handful of leaders at the top, should be empowered to pick their committee chairmen.
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