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    National Security, Veterans Hurt by Impasse over House Speaker, Lawmakers Warn

    National Security, Veterans Hurt by Impasse over House Speaker, Lawmakers Warn

    A prolonged standoff over choosing the next speaker of the House is harming national security and veterans, a group of Republican lawmakers with experience who support Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for the job is warning.

    Without a speaker, House members can't be sworn in. That means committees can't organize to conduct oversight of federal agencies such as the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs; members can't get intelligence briefings; and their ability to help constituents, such as veterans who need help accessing benefits, is constrained.

    “We cannot do our jobs to ensure veterans are getting the care and benefits that they are due,” Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., the expected next chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said at a news conference Wednesday evening.

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    “Without a speaker, our committee can't conduct vital important oversight of the implementation of the Act,” he added, referring to the massive expansion of benefits for veterans exposed to toxic substances Congress approved last year.

    Since the opening of the 118th Congress on Tuesday, the House has taken six votes for speaker, the first time in a century that it has taken more than one ballot to elect a speaker, and more votes are possible Thursday.

    With Republicans now in the majority in the House, McCarthy,…

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