In a news conference Friday morning, Rep. Jim Jordan made it clear he has no immediate plans to abandon his bid for House speaker.
“We need to get to work for the American people. We need to do what we said we were going to do, we need to do what we told them we were going to do when they elected us and put us in office, and frankly, we can’t do that if the House isn’t open. We can’t open the House until we get a speaker,” Jordan said, as the House entered day 17 without a speaker.
“The quickest way to get all this working is to get a speaker elected. That’s what I’m hoping we can do today,” he added.
The House remains effectively frozen as long as there is no elected speaker – a perilous situation as Congress faces an impending government funding deadline and the threat of a shutdown.
CNN’s Clare Foran, Melanie Zanona, Haley Talbot and Annie Grayer contributed reporting to this post.