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With Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) being elected as Speaker of the House after fifteen ballots in the early hours Saturday, the 20 GOP opposition secured several promises from congressional leadership that will come to fruition throughout the 118th Congress. 

One of the principal concessions to the 20 holdouts was for multiple votes to take place on certain pieces of legislation that have been pushed by conservatives for years. As outlined in the House Rules package, seven bills will be considered over the next two years of the Republican majority, as reported by Breitbart.

The first bill to be considered is to restrict “certain balances” made to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). This legislation would likely focus on curtailing the 87,000 IRS agents that were hired to increase tax oversight after being passed in the Inflation Reduction Act.

The next piece of legislation is a bill to “authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to suspend the entry of aliens.” This bill will aim to counteract the growing problem at the border by granting the DHS secretary the ability to limit the entry of migrants into the country.

This legislation, however, will likely be symbolic given the current administration’s lackluster response to the border. It has been so detrimental that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has called for the impeachment of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

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The next piece of legislation is a bill that would prohibit the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to China. This legislation would stop the sale of the valuable reserve to America’s leading geopolitical rival, which occurred in early 2022.


The next piece of legislation would “amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act to direct district attorney and prosecutors offices to report to the Attorney General, and for other purposes.” This bill, aimed at counteracting district attorneys who have been unwilling to fulfill their laws, will hopefully be able to put a dent into the crime problem in big cities.

The next bill would “require the national instant criminal background check system to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the relevant State and local law enforcement agencies whenever the information available to the system indicates that a person illegally or unlawfully in the United States may be attempting to receive a firearm.”

The last two mandatory pieces of legislation in the House Rules package focus on abortion. One of them will prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions and the other would force health care practitioners “from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.”

In response to the breakthrough legislation that will be considered in the 118th Congress, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who was one of the last holdouts in the Speakership contest, wrote on Twitter that “This is what we’ve been fighting for.”

With the new Congress defined by the priorities of the 20 GOP opposition members, Americans can be confident that the new Republican majority will be taking bold and swift action to curtail the excesses of the Biden administration and hold the Democrat Party accountable for the past two years of failed governance.

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