House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), the Republican nominee to lead the U.S. House of Representatives, arrives for a House Republican Conference meeting as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives try to unite around a new speaker to lead their fractious and narrow majority at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., October 12, 2023.
Kevin Lamarque | Reuters
Republican Steve Scalise has ended his bid to become House speaker after failing to secure the votes to win the gavel.
Scalise told GOP colleagues at a closed-door meeting late Thursday of his decision.
Next steps are uncertain a the House is now essentially closed while the Republican majority tries to elect a speaker after ousting Kevin McCarthy from the job.
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