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House adopts new rules package for the 118th Congress

Newly elected Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy of Calif., swears in members of the 118th Congress in Washington, early Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(WASHINGTON D.C.) — The House has adopted a rules package for the 118th Congress with a provision that allows a single member to force a vote on ousting the speaker if they aren’t happy with Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Of course, they’d need a majority of the house to go along.  Members can also add amendments to a bill could cut off funding to federal programs they don’t like and the rules eliminate congressional staff labor unions.  This after one group negotiated it s first ever contract.

The rules were adopted on a mostly party-line, 220-213 vote, with one Republican Tony Gonzalez of Texas, joining the Democrats in voting against the resolution.  The new rules act as a guardrail allowing Republicans to control the function and operation of the House.

Also written into the rules is a 72-hour period required between bills being made public and when they are brought to the floor so the bill can be read by lawmakers and citizens.

Also, no omnibus bills at the last minute will be shoved through.  With the new rules, bills , must be about a single subject to cut down on sprawling, take-it-or-leave-it bills which would make attaching provisions dealing with different subjects than the underlying bill more difficult.

Other McCarthy concessions include rules to limit bills to a single subject as well as requiring a vote on a resolution to establish a select Judiciary subcommittee to centralize investigations into the executive branch, called the “Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.”

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, incoming Judiciary Chairman and founding Freedom Caucus member, will have an automatic seat on that panel, along with up to 13 other members McCarthy appoints.

Next, House Republicans will vote to rescind the massive IRS funding of 87,000 new agents.  The measure, one of the new majority’s first legislative moves, would cut billions in funding that Democrats passed to help crack down on tax cheats. It does not have enough votes to pass the Senate.