It should have been a mere formality. Yesterday, the Republicans in the House of Representatives introduced their bill to establish the rules by which the 115th Congress will operate in the lower chamber.
These rules were designed by the Republican House leadership. They were crafted in order to benefit the political maneuvering of the Republicans. So, one would have expected the legislation to have received the unanimous support from Republican members of the House.
That’s not what happened. Three Republican members of Congress rebelled against the leadership of their own political party, and voted against passage of the rules.
The rebellious Republicans in the U.S. House were Justin Amash, Walter Jones, and Thomas Massie.
Does their defiance signal a larger split within the Republican Congress? Wait and see.