What we know about Kevin McCarthy's concessions to become speaker

Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) talks to reporters after being elected on Jan. 7. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy struck a deal last week that, after days of a stalemate in his bid to be speaker, swayed even his staunchest critics.

The big picture: McCarthy for weeks has been making concessions to win over his most hard-lined conservative colleagues.

  • McCarthy clinched the speakership in the early hours of Saturday morning on the 15th vote. Here are some of the key concessions McCarthy made that finally got him a deal for the speaker's gavel.

State of play: McCarthy agreed to lower the number of members needed to call for a motion to vacate the speaker's chair down to one. McCarthy previously proposed that five members could call for a motion to vacate.

  • It also includes a rule that says that any move to raise the debt ceiling must also be accompanied by spending cuts, CNN reports.
  • The rules package includes a resolution establishing a House select committee on the "weaponization of the federal government."
  • McCarthy also agreed to vote individually on 12 appropriation bills, rather than one omnibus spending bill, per CNN.
  • The package also reinstates the Holman rule, which lets lawmakers amend appropriations legislation and reduce the salary of government officials.
  • It also gives lawmakers 72 hours to review bills before they come to the House floor.
  • The rules package also includes votes on bills relating to key sticking points for conservative lawmakers, including on border security and abortion, among other areas.

The other side: Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) criticized the concessions on Sunday and feared that the "American people will be held captive over the next two years to the extreme MAGA Republican agenda."

  • "That's going to undermine the health, the safety and the wellbeing of the American people," Jeffries said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
  • "It may undermine national security and a robust defense and undermine our ability to actually advance an agenda that is anchored in kitchen table pocketbook issues, and not extremism."

What to watch: The House is set to vote Monday on the rules package and some Republican lawmakers have already signaled their intention to oppose it.

Go deeper … Rep. Comer "not convinced" there won't be motion to oust McCarthy as speaker

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