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2601807Washington Examiner:

House Republicans will consider a rules change next year that would make it harder for a rogue lawmaker or group of lawmakers to oust the speaker.


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., introduced the proposal on Wednesday to the House Rules Committee, which is weighing potential rules changes for the new Congress that convenes in January.


Citing the "turmoil" caused by unexpected leadership changes, Nunes said his proposal would change the rules so that a majority vote by the ruling party would be required before a member can introduce a special resolution that would trigger a vote to vacate the speaker's chair.


The proposal by Nunes comes almost a year after the departure of former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who retired from the top leadership post in part because an opposing conservative lawmaker, Rep. Mark Meadows, of North Carolina, had threatened to trigger a vote to oust him using a privileged resolution to "vacate the chair."



He's a schmuck, but he's their schmuck?

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