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There has been a lot of debate on whether or not the process of voting for a new House speaker should have taken as long as it did.
Should the Republicans have done all of the back-and-forths behind closed doors prior to January 3rd?
Should all of the GOP reps have been good little followers and voted in Kevin McCarthy without demanding concessions?
Was it embarrassing for the nation?
It all depends on how you look at it. Sean Hannity of Fox News gave Lauren Boebert, a Republican representing Colorado, a hard time about her refusal to vote for McCarthy.
Dan Bongino, on the other hand, thought that the process was going exactly how it should. Business as usual in Washington is no longer acceptable to strong conservatives.
After 15 votes, McCarthy was able to secure the position, and no matter anyone’s opinion on how it all went down, the first bill to repeal the addition of 87,000 new IRS agents is a win for the nation.
Sahil Kapur, a Senior National Political Reporter at NBC News, tweeted details about the Republicans’ rules package that resulted from the negotiations with McCarthy in exchange for votes.
Matt Gaetz, a Republican holdout from Florida, shared the tweet with the caption, “This is what we’ve been fighting for”
The rules package, according to Kapur’s tweet, “guarantees that these seven bills come up for a vote in the House. They include cutting IRS funding, restricting migration and curtailing abortion.”
Subsection (b) provides for the separate consideration of seven bills under a closed rule with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader or their respective designees and one motion to recommit.
Subsection (c) provides the list of bills referred to in subsection (b), which include:
A bill to rescind certain balances made available to the Internal Revenue
A bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to suspend the entry of aliens, and for other purposes.
A bill to prohibit the Secretary of Energy from sending petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China, and for other purposes.
A bill to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act to direct district attorney and prosecutors offices to report to the Attorney General and for other purposes.
A bill to require the national instant criminal background check system to
notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the relevant State
and local law enforcement agencies whenever the information available to the system indicates that a person illegally or unlawfully in the United
States may be attempting to receive a firearm.
A bill to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions.
A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a healthcare practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
During his acceptance speech, McCarthy said the Republicans’ first day in the House majority was going to be a bad day for the IRS.
He pledged to repeal the 87,000 new IRS agents for which Democrats added funding in the Inflation Reduction Act.
Republican voters are hoping this is only the beginning. The last two years have been very damaging to our country. Let’s get back on the right track!