Jordan: GOP lawmakers frustrated, want change

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
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Rep. Jim JordanA congressman who is seeking to be Speaker of the House insists he will shake up Congress if he wins a vote of confidence from GOP lawmakers.

Rep. Jim Jordan, who announced last week he is campaigning for Speaker, is considered the outsider in the contest to replace Speaker Paul Ryan next year when the House convenes after the holidays.

Jordan, 54, told colleagues in a letter that his priorities are repealing Obamacare, building a security wall on the U.S-Mexico border, and fixing the "broken" immigration system.

Calling in Monday to the "Sandy Rios in the Morning" program, Jordan said President Donald Trump has accomplished a lot as president but Congress has mostly set on the sidelines.

Rod RosensteinRios, who said she supports Jordan for Speaker, described an "inside game" in which few Americans will see the behind-the-scenes politicking. So what is the mood, she asked, among fellow GOP lawmakers being wooed to support Jordan?  

"What I've told my colleagues, and I think this is something that even outside the Freedom Caucus people are so frustrated with, and that is how the place is run," Jordan replied, "and how little the rank-and-file members have in final policy and how things actually happen in the House."

There is also frustration, he added, with "a few people at the top making all the decisions."

Jordan has also shaken up his own party in recent days by vowing to seek impeachment proceedings against Rod Rosenstein, the embattled deputy attorney general.

In a lengthy condemnation of Rosentein (pictured above) and the Department of Justice, Jordan told the radio program:

Numerous letters were sent clear back to November that they have not compiled with. There are two subpoenas that they are not in compliance with. We have caught them hiding information from us that we should have been able to get and redacting things that we were supposed to have been able to see. And we know Rod Rosenstein has threatened members on the House Intel Committee, who are simply trying to help us do our job getting answers for the American people. So that is why this guy should be impeached if they do not give us everything we are entitled to get.

Some GOP lawmakers have publicly stated they oppose the impeachment effort and some have said they would vote against it on the House floor.

Jordan's bid for Speaker pits him against Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who is currently House Majority Leader and therefore Paul Ryan's No. 2 in the House. McCarthy has been endorsed by Ryan.

Jordan has received an endorsement from AFA Action, the political arm of the American Family Association.

Editor's Note: American Family Radio and AFA Action are divisions of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates 

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