In the absence of a speaker, what takes place in the House?

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In addition to denying the GOP a leader, the House Republicans’ failure to pick a speaker on Tuesday after many rounds of voting is impeding much of the chamber’s operation.

Members-elect have not yet taken the oath of office as the floor debate has continued into Wednesday. Traditionally, the position is filled on the first day of a new Congress, followed by the swearing in of new members.

On Tuesday, newly elected lawmakers arrived on the floor with their families in tow, expecting to pose for a picture and begin their first day in office. Instead, they were met with a multi-hour wait as the speaker election went through multiple rounds of voting — the first time that has occurred in a century.

There won’t technically be any House rules without a speaker to oversee their adoption because the House rules must be passed by every new Congress.

According to a letter written last week by the committee in charge of administrative matters, which was originally reported by Politico and obtained by HEADLINESFOREVER, committees won’t be allowed to pay workers if a House Rules package isn’t adopted by the close of business on January 13th.

The same message stated that if a rules package is not approved by mid-January, student loan payments for committee personnel will not be made.

This is only one of many ways that a struggle for the position of speaker may paralyse the House and the Republican majority’s ability to function effectively in their early sessions, with the rank-and-file employees facing some of the hardest consequences.

According to the letter sent last week, committees whose chairs are unknown will be presided over in the interim by the senior-most Republican on the panel who had served on it in the last Congress.

However, there won’t be much legislation without fully operational committees to review, approve, and change bills before they are brought to the floor for a vote. Republicans may also have to postpone taking on some of their top demands, including as inquiries into President Joe Biden’s family and administration.

In addition to serving as the House’s chief executive, the speaker is also second in line to become president, which raises concerns about what would happen if no one was in that post after the vice president.

Third in line is the Senate President Pro Tempore. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, was chosen to fill that position on Tuesday, making her the first woman to do so.


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