Steve Scalise bows out of speaker race

Nine days after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was booted from his position, voting to land on his successor is at a stalemate, with a group of GOP holdouts planting their heels.

On Thursday evening, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) took action in the face of other’s inaction, making the decision to bow out of the race after — just yesterday — winning the nomination by a 113-99 margin.

“I was very clear we have to have everybody put their agendas on the side and focus on what this country needs this country is counting on us,” Scalise told reporters on Thursday. “But there’s some folks that really need to look in the mirror over the next couple of days and decide are we going to get it back on track, or they’re going to try to pursue their own agenda.”

According to Axios, Scalise said he will remain in his role as House majority leader, and he has no plans to endorse another speaker candidate at this time. 

Speaking to reporters after this latest upset, McCarthy weighed in on the ordeal, saying, “I just think the conference as a whole has to figure out their problem solving and select a leader.” 

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