Reps. Jones, Rouzer split votes on Ryan nomination for Speaker

Reps. Jones, Rouzer split votes on Ryan nomination for Speaker

WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - The members of Congress representing southeastern North Carolina split their votes for the nomination of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to become the next Speaker of the House. Ryan received 200 of the 243 votes in a secret party ballot on Wednesday to secure the nomination.

Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC3) did not vote for Ryan, choosing instead to support Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida. Webster received 43 votes in the ballot.

Jones' office released this statement after the vote:

I am here to represent the people of Eastern North Carolina. They have made it clear to me that they do not believe Paul Ryan is the man for the job.  Over the past two weeks, I have received hundreds of calls and emails from Eastern North Carolinians.  Well over 95 percent of them have been strongly opposed to Mr. Ryan.

Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7) supported Ryan in Wednesday's vote, and a spokesman said Wednesday night Rouzer plans to vote for Ryan again Thursday when the full House votes for Speaker.

Rouzer's office released this statement after Wednesday's vote:

Paul Ryan handily won the nomination of the Republication Conference today because he is the only person who can unite all factions of our caucus during this critical time in our nation's history.  As a former Congressional staffer, former Chairman of the House Budget Committee and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Paul has the experience and knowledge to lead our institution and move our nation forward.   I look forward to working with him to help get our country back on track.

Ryan needs 218 votes to be elected Speaker. He would replace Rep. John Boehner, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

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