On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives, which is led by Republicans, approved a set of internal rules that give right-wing extremists more power over Kevin McCarthy, the Republican speaker who was just elected to the position.
The legislation was approved by a 220-213 vote from lawmakers. Representative Tony Gonzales, a Republican, voted against the rules package along with all 212 Democrats. Another Republican voted absently.
After McCarthy was humiliated by 14 failed ballots last week and was finally elected speaker on Saturday, the rules package, which will control House operations for the next two years, was an early test of his ability to keep his caucus together.
Hardliners wanted key concessions in the legislation, which McCarthy accepted in his bid for the speaker's chair. One of the changes is that one legislator can now call for his removal at any time. McCarthy's ability to negotiate government funding packages with President Joe Biden, whose fellow Democrats control the Senate, could be hindered by other changes that would impose new restrictions on federal spending.
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