House Armed Services Chair Mike Rogers shifts to supporting Jordan

House Armed Services Chair Mike Rogers shifts to supporting Jordan

Jim Jordan has made a key flip in his pursuit of the speaker’s gavel.

House Armed Services Chair Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) will vote for Jordan (R-Ohio) on the floor, he announced Monday morning.

The pair had “two cordial, thoughtful, and productive conversations” over the weekend and “agreed on the need for Congress to pass a strong NDAA, appropriations to fund our government’s vital functions, and other important legislation like the Farm Bill,” Rogers wrote on social media.

Rogers told reporters Friday that there was nothing Jordan could do to win his vote. But he changed his tune Monday morning.

“I have always been a team player and supported what the majority of the Republican Conference agrees to,” said Rogers.

Other flips: Jordan also picked up support from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), a senior member on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

“After having a conversation with Jim Jordan about how we must get the House back on a path to achieve our national security and appropriations goals, I will be supporting him for Speaker on the floor. Let’s get to work,” Calvert tweeted on Monday.

During a secret ballot vote in a closed door conference meeting last week, more than 50 Republicans said they wouldn’t vote for Jordan on the floor. He spent the weekend working the phones to try and flip some of those skeptical colleagues ahead of a floor vote slated for Tuesday.

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