1 huge win for fiscal conservatives emerges from the House Speaker fight

At least now, the House will actually have to do its job.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has finally, after 15 rounds of voting, secured the votes necessary to become the next Speaker of the House. But he had to make some big concessions to convince holdouts Republicans and end the House Speaker fight—one of which is a huge win for fiscal conservatives. 

The rules negotiated would mandate that bills be released 72 hours in advance of a vote. Why is this so important?

Remember, just in December, Congress rammed through a $1.7 trillion budget omnibus without most members even having enough time to read the legislation they were forced to vote on. The omnibus ran 4,155 pages and was given to members less than 24 hours before the vote. 

As Congressman Dan Bishop explained, to have read the bill by the time the Senate voted to begin debate, “you would’ve needed to read 4+ pages per minute, without a single break, for 16 hours straight.” As a result, they weren’t even sure how much the bill would actually cost, with estimates differing by tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. 

And it certainly wasn’t the first time something like this had happened. In fact, the status quo is Congress is them voting away trillions of our dollars without even knowing where it’s all going. That’s an absolute disgrace, a dereliction of duty, and an insult to the American people. 

The holdout Republicans have received withering criticism for their stunt and the delay the House Speaker fight caused in letting Congress get to work. But at least now, the House will actually have to do its job.

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Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and co-founder of Based Politics. His work has been cited by top lawmakers such as Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Pat Toomey, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, Congressman Thomas Massie, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as by prominent media personalities such as Jordan Peterson, Sean Hannity, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Mark Levin. Brad has also testified before the US Senate, appeared on Fox News and Fox Business, and written for publications such as USA Today, National Review, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. He hosts the Breaking Boundaries podcast and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.