GOP approves rule for Don Young

House Republicans approved a rule on Thursday proposed by Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungTulsi Gabbard, Don Young introduce marijuana reform bill Alaskan becomes longest serving Republican in House history The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race MORE (R-Alaska) that means the “Dean of the House,” if Republican, must serve on the GOP steering committee, which selects committee leaders.

Young, who is the dean of the House or longest current serving lawmaker, proposed the rule to make sure he had a spot on the steering committee. He also said the amendment was meant to be "in fun."

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“It was a self-serving amendment, but I have a lot of knowledge I think they can utilize,” Young, 85, told The Hill following the vote.  

Rep. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose FloresHouse Republicans find silver lining in minority Rep. Mike Johnson wins race for RSC chairman GOP approves rule for Don Young MORE (R-Texas) said while the "nos" were louder than "yeses," the conference opted to adopt the amendment.