McCarthy Enforcing Major New Change To House Policy

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( Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday disclosed that he had been collaborating with a bipartisan group of lawmakers who will assist in the House having a code of conduct. This is at a time when members of both conferences have been particularly tense because of the multiple removals of committee members from congressional committees.

McCarthy’s announcement came only a few minutes after Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had been removed from the Foreign Affairs panel, over some comments that were deemed antisemitic. The vote for her removal fell across party lines with 218-211 and lawmaker Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio), voting “present.”

McCarthy said that during his time as the Speaker, he would make sure that the Democrats will follow all the necessary rules and follow the new rules as well as possible, to ensure that not only this one but future Congresses will not follow the rules set out. McCarthy revealed this to a reporter after a press conference.

The House currently does have a code of conduct, but by most standards, the terms of the conduct are vague and only offer debt and specifics when it comes to financing regulations. It also notes that at all times Representatives of the House needed to work in a way that would not discredit the credibility of the House.

However, many of the things that the House has used to remove Democrats from their seats are not included in the code of conduct. This means that the code of conduct does not include antisemitism or threats of violence against colleagues.

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