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On to Thunderdome, I guess
Author: Raine    Date: 01/09/2023 14:03:34

After nearly a week of what seemed like unbridled chaos, the House of Representatives finally elected a Speaker. Today, the real work begins.

They have to vote in a rules package for the 118th Congress. It doesn't seem promising that this will go much better than last week.
But full details of those negotiations have not been made public, leading to speculation that McCarthy has guaranteed the group positions on key committees and thrust them further into power.

Speaking to CBS News on Sunday congresswoman Nancy Mace, a more moderate Republican from South Carolina, said while she supported the package itself, she had not decided on whether to vote for it on Monday.


But anonymous briefings have indicated that the holdout Republicans also attempted to negotiate more leverage over key committees, including approvals over a third of positions on the powerful rules committee, which is responsible for what proposed legislation reaches the floor of the House.

On Sunday, Republican congressman Tony Gonzales of Texas told CBS he would vote against the rules, citing disagreements with potential spending cuts to the defense department, which he described as a “horrible idea”.


On Sunday, the House freedom caucus chair Scott Perry, one of those under investigation, argued he could still serve on a committee undertaking oversight of federal investigators.
Also, Due to the lack of rules we saw unprecedented coverage by Cspan on the House floor. At least one Representative would like that kind of coverage to stay.
The lack of regulations on the cameras showing the House floor last week was “a good thing,” Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” leaving himself open to the possibility of continuing to allow C-SPAN to document proceedings.

“Let me go look into the ins and outs of all of that,” Roy, one of the holdouts on last week’s votes to elect Kevin McCarthy as speaker, said to host Jake Tapper. “But I think it is — what the American people were able to see unfold on the floor was a good thing for our democracy and our republic, right?”
I guess we'll get to see more images like this:

At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a repeat of this.



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