The United States House of Representatives on Monday by a narrow margin approved the rules under which it will operate during the current legislature, including the possibility of a representative starting the process of removing Kevin McCarthy as the body’s chairman. .
Republican McCarthy became House speaker last Friday after a week-long rolling vote in which a small group of lawmakers from his own party blocked his victory.
To ensure the votes of the rebels and end the blockade, the Conservatives had to make a series of concessions, including the aforementioned rules to facilitate their own ouster process.
The package also includes measures to make it easier for ordinary members of his party to introduce amendments to any law under discussion.
It also allows amendments to the budget law that reduce the salaries of specific government employees, or certain programs, to one dollar, which is equivalent to withdrawing their funds.
This criteria, as well as the facility to oust the speaker of the lower house, was in place before Democrats led by Nancy Pelosi took control of the body in 2019.
The package’s passage, along partisan lines, came with the support of 220 Republicans – one voted against it and the other did not exist – and 213 Democrats voted against it.
Shortly afterwards, McCarthy’s office issued a statement justifying the Republicans’ decision to weaken his presidency: “Congress has long been broken. Over the years, the concentration of power in the figure of the Speaker of the House of Representatives has barred legislators from participating in the legislative process.
For her part, the US Vice President, Kamala Harris, who is also the President of the Senate, criticized that the first law that the narrow Republican majority in the lower house intends to approve, withdraws the increase in funds from the Public Treasury (IRS). Takes. by the previous Congress.
“For decades, some of the richest individuals and corporations in this country have not paid in taxes,” Harris said, highlighting her administration’s efforts to increase contributions from the highest income earners.
The measure proposed by conservative lawmakers would seek to eliminate an increase in funding for the IRS that Congress approved in the previous legislature as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, an ambitious spending package that includes millions of dollars in green funding. .
According to Democrats, dedicating more money to the Treasury would reduce fraud and ensure it is collected according to the law.