House approves rules package
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved the rules package in a vote of 220-213. The rules were negotiated last week in the Republican-majority House leading up to the election of Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The rules may only be changed at the start of a new Congress, and dictate procedures in the House of Representatives.
What’s in the new package? Republicans say the new rules will increase legislation transparency. It allows for more autonomy in funding decisions and dictates that pieces of legislation address single subjects. Representatives must no longer pass through a metal detector to access the House floor. Other concessions include ending proxy voting, which was allowed during the pandemic.
Dig deeper: Read Leo Briceno’s piece about the proposals of 42 Republicans who are frustrated with the insulation of House leadership.
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