Rep. Kevin McCarthy Wins House Speakership IG News

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Newly elected US Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) spoke to reporters in the Capitol Building’s Statue Hall on Saturday morning. (Nathan Howard / Getty Images)

Now that a House speaker has been selected after a day-long impasse and members have finally been sworn in, the chamber can look to get back to business and organize GOP-led committees.

Every new Congress must pass a new set of house rules, and doing so will top the 118th Congress’ to-do list when the House resumes on Monday.

With a House Republican majority, comes a new power to set the agenda – investigative and legislative.

Legislative Agenda: House Republicans will be limited in their ability to pass bills through Congress, with Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House – where the president can exercise veto power over legislation. Still, House Republicans will be able to push messaging bills that highlight their agenda.

In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with CNN ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy outlined his plans for power.

Those plans include:

  • deal with inflation
  • Rising crime and border security
  • He left the door open to eventually start impeachment proceedings, which some of his members have already begun calling for.

There will also be some pressing policy issues – like funding the government – ​​that will test the ability of Republicans and Democrats to work together.

Read more about what Republicans plan to do with their new House majority Here.


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