House Repub­li­cans strike note of opti­mism ahead of closed-door speak­er vote

House Repub­li­cans emerged from a closed-door speak­er forum opti­mistic the cham­ber could elect its next speak­er as soon as Tues­day night after three weeks at a stand­still.
Dur­ing the Mon­day night can­di­date forum, the third such meet­ing so far this month, Repub­li­cans pressed the would-be speak­ers on their vision for the con­fer­ence just weeks before a gov­ern­ment shut­down. Although their pitch­es dif­fered slight­ly, each said they would not sup­port advanc­ing an omnibus bill, accord­ing to law­mak­ers who attend­ed the meet­ing.
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Nine can­di­dates walked into the forum vying for the nom­i­na­tion, a num­ber that dropped to eight after Rep. Dan Meuser (R‑PA) end­ed his bid at the out­set. The Penn­syl­va­nia Repub­li­can, who declared his can­di­da­cy on Sun­day, acknowl­edged he “came in late” to the race, point­ing to oth­er com­mit­ments that would take away from his speak­er­ship pri­or­i­ties.
“I believe the House will elect a new Speak­er, …