On Thursday morning, Rep. Jim Jordan(R-Ohio) announced that he would not seek a third vote for speaker after losing the first two votes.

He instead backed a plan to empower temporary speaker Patrick McHenry (R-North Carolina) to conduct the House’s business until January 3.

After a fierce backlash from House conservatives, Jordan reversed himself on Thursday afternoon and said he would force a third vote despite having little prospect of winning.

Jordan lost his first bid after 20 Republicans voted against him, leaving a cloud of uncertainty about who would be the next speaker.

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The second vote was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed to Wednesday, Jordan lost that vote by an even greater margin.

The expansion of McHenry’s role as a temporary speaker would be put into place only as a way for Republicans to discuss a plan to find a new speaker.

Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R- Florida) told reporters that the momentum for McHenry has snowballed.

“If it’s gonna take us a while to get to a speaker, then yeah, we need to give Patrick McHenry some of those powers and allow the House to conduct its business. We don’t want a government shutdown,” he said.

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) said he was open to considering necessary steps to keep the House running.

“We should, at least in the meantime, look for a way to move our agenda forward. That’s a very prudent, smart move,” Diaz-Balart said.

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