WASHINGTON, D.C. - It was a busy day on the hill for House Republicans who are working to nominate and elect a new Speaker of the House. 

Eight Republicans and all House Democrats voted to remove former Speaker, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), last week. A lot has happened following the coup against McCarthy, most notably the war in Israel. The conflict is putting pressure on the House, especially Republicans, to elect a new Speaker so that the House can function and assist Israel. 

At the top of the list Wednesday morning were House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). Wednesday afternoon, House Republicans met behind closed doors to cast secret ballots for who should be the next Speaker of the House. 

Leader Scalise won the unofficial nomination from his colleagues by about a dozen votes over Jordan. Local members of Congress weighed in on who they plan to support and why.

Certainly he has my support,” said Rep. Glenn Thompson (R- PA) referring to nominating Rep. Steve Scalise for Speaker. I think he – either of the two men would’ve done a great job as Speaker. I was glad that Steve got the majority. 

WENY News asked Thompson if he believes House republicans will be united in voting for Scalise on the floor. He replied: “That’s the goal.”

“We need to sort it out as a conference tonight, tomorrow, finish the job, elect a Speaker and get on with the work of the American people,” said Rep. Nick Langworthy (R- NY). “I didn’t run for congress to sit in a backroom and bicker among ourselves. We wanted a change in dynamics in this country and make it a better place for our kids and our grandkids,” Langworthy added.