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Republican Search for New House Speaker Returns to Square One

They are meeting again today to discuss their options

Republicans, whose party infighting has paralyzed the U.S. House of Representatives for three weeks, tried on Monday to find consensus on a new speaker to lead the chamber and address funding needs for Israel, Ukraine and the federal government.

Eight candidates to be speaker, including No. 3 House Republican Tom Emmer, made their pitches to fellow Republicans at a 2-1/2 hour closed-door forum and answered questions about how they would handle the job.

"What I sense is a need to move forward because that's what the American people want from us," said Representative Jack Bergman, one of the eight candidates. "They want us to come here and legislate."

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