House Approves GOP Rules Package
(NEWSnet) — The House approved the Republican rules package for governing House operations, a move that's typically a routine step on Day One.
It was approved 220 to 213, a party-line vote with one Republican opposed.
The 55-page document was negotiated with conservative holdouts so GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy could win their votes to make him House speaker.
Central to the package is the provision that allows any one lawmaker to launch a vote to oust the speaker.
House Republicans then went on to pass their first bill — legislation to cut funding that is supposed to bolster the Internal Revenue Service.
That bill ran into a snag ahead of voting because the budget office announced that rather than save money, it would add $114 billion dollars to the federal deficit.