Derrick Van Orden’s Choices For Speaker

Oct 11, 2023

Derrick Van Orden’s Choices For Speaker

MADISON, Wis. — As the leaderless House returns to Washington today to elect a new Speaker, Derrick Van Orden has yet to say which MAGA Republican he’s backing for the gig. With Wisconsin’s Republican House members—and Ron Johnson, for some reason—choosing sides in the MAGA faceoff for Speaker of the House, we’re rounding up some quick facts about the top two candidates, and why Derrick Van Orden might be inclined to support them.

Some quick facts about JIM JORDAN:

Here’s a few things to know about STEVE SCALISE:

  • Long before Derrick Van Orden ran for Congress on repealing the Affordable Care Act, Steve Scalise was fighting to do just that. Both Van Orden and Scalise support a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which ensures millions of Americans have access to affordable, high-quality health care.
  • Scalise praised the overturning of Roe v. Wade as a “victory” and introduced legislation that would put doctors in jail for providing abortions. Van Orden is similarly extreme, supporting abortion bans with no exceptions for victims of rape or incest.
  • Even nine months after Trump’s 2020 loss, Scalise continued to spread lies and deny the result. Similarly, Van Orden falsely claimed in the wake of the 2020 election that there was “a tremendous amount of voter fraud.”