Jordan Answers Questions About Aid
On Tuesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) announced that he will be running for the position of Speaker of the House. In a recent interview with CNN, Jordan stated that if he were to become Speaker, he would be against sending another aid package to Ukraine.
The statement from Jordan comes just days after the Republican Party voted to remove Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) from the role of Speaker. This historic vote was led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), several other Republicans, and the entire House Democrat Caucus.
When asked by CNN’s Manu Raju if he would be willing to move forward with an aid package to Ukraine if he were to become Speaker, Jordan responded, “I’m against that.” He went on to state that the most pressing issue on Americans’ minds is not Ukraine, but rather the current border situation and rising crime rates in cities across the country.
In a letter to House colleagues on Wednesday, Jordan celebrated the successes of McCarthy’s nine months as Speaker and stressed his ability to unify the Republican conference. He wrote, “Now is the time for our Republican conference to come together to keep our promises to Americans. We can focus on the changes that improve the country and unite us in offering real solutions. But no matter what we do, we must do it together as a conference.”
"I'm against that," Jim Jordan, a candidate for speaker, says of an aid package for Ukraine, going further than McCarthy.
"The most pressing issue on Americans' mind is not Ukraine -- it is the border situation, it's crime on streets."
Said he would see what Senate sends to House pic.twitter.com/qpOrNZoyIc
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 4, 2023
The decision to run for Speaker of the House comes at a critical time for the Republican Party, as they seek to regain control of the House in the upcoming midterm elections. With only 41 days left until Congress must pass the next appropriations bill, Jordan believes that focusing on key issues such as the border crisis and rising crime rates should be the top priority.
Jordan’s announcement has sparked mixed reactions among House Republicans, with some praising his leadership skills and others expressing concern over his past controversial statements and actions. However, Jordan remains confident in his ability to lead the party and work towards a common goal.
In his letter, Jordan stressed the importance of unity within the Republican conference, stating, “We can only achieve these goals if we work together as a team. Our party and our country are counting on us to lead.” As the race for Speaker of the House continues, it remains to be seen if Jordan will garner enough support to secure the position.