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By Lee Hamilton
Center on Representative Government 

Why Does the House Speaker Matter, Anyway?

Series: Comments On Congress | Story 1

Last updated 11/6/2023 at 7:14pm

Wednesday, November 01, 2023

It would be a stretch to say that the US government came to a standstill after GOP members of the House unseated Kevin McCarthy as Speaker at the start of October. The Senate and the executive branch both kept working to move their priorities forward during the three weeks before the House finally found a replacement. Federal workers kept programs running and operat...

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