After a rigorous four days of voting, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is now in control of the speaker’s gavel, and he and his allies are probably enjoying a hard-fought victory. But the party might not last for long. Over the course of days of negotiations, more than a dozen GOP holdouts forced McCarthy to make concessions that reduced the authority of the incoming speaker. These concessions ranged from restricting his ability to hand out prestigious committee posts to raising the likelihood of future spending disputes that he will have little control over. Under the rules that he proposed,…
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