The U.S. is currently in its 16th day without an official speaker of the House.

Republican lawmakers have yet to make significant progress in electing a new permanent leader.

Rep. Jim Jordan from Ohio has shown support for a plan that temporarily places Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina in the speaker role until January.

McHenry has been functioning as an interim speaker but with restricted powers.

Jordan recently faced a defeat in a second speaker election.

In this second vote, Jordan saw a decline in support from fellow House Republicans.

This decreased support has jeopardized Jordan's aspirations to become the speaker.

A move to enhance McHenry's powers came after certain Republicans declined to back Jordan for the role.

Steve Womack, a Republican from Arkansas, expressed doubts regarding Jordan's chances of becoming the speaker.