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Members of the Republican-controlled House are returning to Capitol Hill this week to pass a rules package after several rounds of contentious votes last week to elect GOP Congressman Kevin McCarthy as speaker.

A similar battle is expected to unfold within the House Republican Conference on the approval of the rules that will govern how the chamber will proceed this session, while some members over the weekend expressed optimism and others showed signs of trepidation. 

North Carolina GOP Rep. Nancy Mace said Sunday on CBS‘s “Face the Nation” that “only one point” changed in the House rules package after 15 rounds of speaker votes – the so-called “motion to vacate” rule now allows any member to call a vote to remove the speaker.

“So my question really is today is what back room deals were cut – did they try to cut?” said Mace, also saying she’s “on the fence” about supporting the rules package.

McCarthy had to make the vacate rule as easy as possible to trigger to get the roughly 20 House Republican, among the most conservative in the conference, to get them to vote for him as speaker.

The House is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Monday to begin considering the rules package, and the chamber reportedly has a deadline of next week to approved them.

GOP Rep. Tony Gonzales the speaker vote was “the easiest vote we’ll take in Congress,” signaling the rules vote and others in which the GOP has only a narrow House majority will likely be rancorous. 

The Texas lawmaker said he is voting against the rules package because of a possible multi-billion dollar defense spending cut.

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan told “Fox News Sunday” that he is confident that the package will pass.

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