House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office

House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office
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House Republicans on Thursday adopted an amendment to conference rules that would bar lawmakers from remaining in leadership positions if they are seeking higher office.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker MORE (R-N.Y.), would force members of House GOP leadership to step down from their post if they announce Senate or gubernatorial bids.

"It’s a commonsense proposal to ensure House Republican leaders are focused on advancing our legislative agenda, and Rep. Stefanik is pleased it was passed unanimously," Stefanik spokesman Tom Flanagin said in a statement.

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GOP sources said there were some grievances within the party last year over Rep. Luke MesserAllen (Luke) Lucas MesserK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Yoder, Messer land on K Street House GOP to force members to give up leadership positions if running for higher office MORE (R-Ind.) launching his Indiana Senate bid shortly after obtaining the position of GOP policy chair. He ended up losing in the Senate GOP primary earlier this year.

Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordOvernight Defense: House approves 3 billion defense bill | Liberal sweeteners draw progressive votes | Bill includes measure blocking Trump from military action on Iran Senators urge Trump to sanction Turkey for accepting Russian missile shipment Acosta on shaky ground as GOP support wavers MORE (R-Okla.) also launched his Senate bid after being elected policy chair during his time in the House.