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After Mr. McCarthy was elected, he immediately proceeded to swear in the 434 members of the House to formally convene the 118th Congress. Republicans said they would wait until Monday to consider a package of House rules they are expected to secure many of the compromises Mr. McCarthy made to win office.
The concessions agreed to by Mr. McCarthy, which he detailed in a party conference call early Friday, would greatly reduce the speaker’s power and lead to an unwieldy environment in the House, where Republicans’ slim control and the right-wing faction’s appetite for disorder already promised to make control more difficult.
“What we’re seeing is an incredibly shrinking speakership, and that’s most unfortunate for Congress,” former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said as she entered the chamber Friday afternoon.
Mr. McCarthy agreed to allow one lawmaker to force a snap vote at any time to remove the speaker, a rule he had previously refused to accept, seeing it as tantamount to pre-signing the death warrant for his presidency.
Also part of the proposal, Republicans familiar with it said, was a commitment by the leader to give the ultraconservative faction approval for a third of the seats on the powerful Rules Committee, which controls what legislation reaches the floor and how it is debated. He also agreed to open government spending bills to open debate, in which any lawmaker can force a vote on proposed changes.
Those compromises led to a breakthrough for Mr. McCarthy, who in Friday afternoon’s vote won the support of a sizable chunk of Republicans who had consistently refused to back him — though he fell short of a majority to win.
They included Reps. Dan Bishop of North Carolina, Josh Brechin of Oklahoma, Michael Cloud of Texas, Andrew Clyde of Georgia, Byron Donalds and Anna Paulina Luna of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Andy Harris of Maryland, Mary Miller of Illinois, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, Andy Ogles of Tennessee, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Chip Roy and Keith Self of Texas. Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana, who had voted “present” on previous ballots, also voted for Mr. McCarthy on the 12th ballot.
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