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McHenry is reluctant center of House Speakership storm

Speaker Pro Tem (R-N.C.) for weeks has been at the center of a storm that keeps threatening to propel him to the most powerful office in Congress — whether he wants that or not.

As the House GOP struggles for a third week to pick a new leader, Republicans have repeatedly voiced support for giving McHenry enough power to keep the gears of the House turning.

“It gives us a chance as Republicans to deescalate what has become a very emotional, difficult process of picking a Speaker,” Rep. Mike Flood (R-Neb.) said earlier this week.