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Speakers tend not to cast floor votes except on high-profile matters or on particularly close votes.
The endorsement deeply complicates Majority Leader Kevin O. McCarthy’s bid to succeed Boehner as speaker.
Democrats say the new panel and the Benghazi committee are political and smack of ’50s McCarthyism.
The leading candidate to become the next Speaker of the House is amid a high-stakes campaign to assuage his critics and unite his party.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) will make the move in the Rules Committee.
Weeks will separate the vote on the speaker and the choosing of the majority leader and whip.
The outgoing speaker deals a blow to Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who hoped to move up the leadership ladder as soon as Thursday.
Chaffetz, however, declined to sketch out his path to victory.
The majority whip is seeking to replace Kevin McCarthy should he be elevated to House speaker.
The chairman of the Oversight Committees’ announcement shakes up the race to succeed John A. Boehner.